History of India’s Freedom Movement has to be rewritten

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Bhopal: “Historians with a colonial mindset have presented the history of India’s Freedom Movement by linking it to politics whereas the inspiration for the freedom movement was ‘Swatva of India’ (the total dynamics and spirit of Bharat). To awaken this ‘Spirit”‘ our freedom fighters were making efforts at multidimensional levels.”

This was underscored by J. Nandkumar, national Convener of Pragya Pravah. He was delivering the keynote address at a special  lecture session organized by the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Committee  of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication in the State capital. 

The special session was presided over by the University Vice Chancellor Prof. KG Suresh.

Acclaimed writer and thinker J. Nandakumar said that many attempts have been made to create confusion regarding India’s Freedom Movement. Historians with a British and colonial mindset have tried to establish that India’s Independence movement was limited to North India only and that it was a movement of the so-called upper class educated in English. This was the reason why the names of many freedom fighters who took part in the freedom movement were suppressed and they remain unsung. He said that the students of journalism, especially those engaged in research, should devote their efforts towards bringing forward new facts of the freedom movement of India for the benefit of society. 

Nandakumar threw light on the Freedom Movement in Northeast, South India and rest of India and the true heroes involved in it. He said that people from the whole of India had joined the freed struggle to achieve independence. He said that we should always remember that the air we breathe contains the blood, sweat and tears of heroes like Veer Savarkar, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Bhagat Singh and Udham Singh.

Nandakumar said that Maharishi Aurobindo, held the view that the inspiration behind the freedom movement was spirituality and Indian values. The British had come down heavily against the spirit of patriotism  enacting the Theater Act, he said adding even Manipuri and Mohini Attam dance forms were banned. 

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it: Prof. KG Suresh

Vice Chancellor Prof. KG Suresh said that those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. If we don’t want to repeat our mistakes then we should remember our history. History inspires us to learn from mistakes and move forward. He said that India’s freedom movement was a mass movement. 

Introducing the theme of the special session, Chairman of the amrit Mahotsav Vommittee, Prof. Shrikant Singh said that most of India’s history has been written to suit the British. Therefore it is necessary to rewrite the history of the freedom movement of India. 

The program was conducted by Dean Academics Prof. P. Sasikala and the vote of thanks was given by Registrar Prof. Avinash Bajpai. University professors, researchers and students were present.

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