2 October 2022


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Modi acknowledges  Nehru’s contribution to India’s freedom, day after BJP accuses him of partition

The BJP's seven-minute movie used archival material and

Ankur Chatterjee: Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister was mentioned in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech today while he acknowledged the achievements of many leaders and revolutionaries in India’s freedom movement.

Addressing the nation from New Delhi’s Red Fort, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the country salutes those who did not only fight for its “poorna swaraj” but also strived for nation-building afterward, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Ram Manohar Lohia, and Sardar Vallabhai Patel.

“Today is an opportunity to bow down in front of those who fought the independence war and also built the country after independence, whether it is Nehru ji (Jawaharlal Nehru), Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Syama Prasad Mookerjee, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Deendayal Upadhyay, Jayaprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia, Acharya Vinob.

PM Modi’s praise for Nehru came a day after the BJP, on the occasion of the second “Partion Horrors Remembrance Day”, released a video bluntly accusing him of surrendering to the demands of Muhammad Ali Jinnah that led the movement of the creation of Pakistan.

The BJP’s seven-minute movie used archival material and dramatised visuals to describe the events resulting in India’s division in 1947.

Last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the 14th of August would be observed yearly as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” so that the nation never forget the sufferings and sacrifices Indians had to collectively go through during the 1947 partition.

A day before, the two parties clashed over a Karnataka government poster that deleted a photograph of Jawaharlal Nehru but included Vinayak Savarkar of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

“Because of Nehru, India is divided into two countries: India and Pakistan. That is why his picture was left out of the publication “Ravi Kumar, Karnataka BJP spokesperson, stated While Congress leaders, as a rebuttal, said that this was a politically driven move by the state’s BJP government, they urged that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai resigns.

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