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Kanhaiya words Congress tone; riots of 1984 and 2002 are different

It is quite necessary to remove JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar misconceptions. It is a well known fact that if riots of 1984 were carnage, then those of 2002 were again carnage.

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The 1984 anti-Sikhs riots – directed against Sikhs in India

In 1984, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by 2 persons, both terrorists, with bullets, which was nothing exceptionally brutal, cruel, inhuman and barbaric to it. The entire Sikh community could not, in any way, be blamed for that murder. It was not an attack on a community, a political party i.e. the Indian National Congress, nor was it an attack on a government. The attackers just wanted to kill an individual.

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The burnt Sabarmati Express at Godhra in 2002

On the contrary, Godhra was unparalleled in the history of independent India. In Godhra, the train was set on fire and not a single passenger was allowed to escape out, the train being surrounded by Muslims from both sides, armed with petrol bombs, acid bombs and swords. The passengers were burnt to death by the mob in a ghastly manner including children. The attackers in Godhra were not terrorists who had AK 47 rifles, guns, and grenades. They were ordinary local Muslims.

Media and opposition parties have always tried to equate the Gujarat riots of 2002 and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination, and many people have fallen prey to the media myths.

Kanhaiya Kumar had alleged that both of them were carried out “with support” from state machinery even as he stressed that there is a fundamental difference between “emergency” and “fascism” as  Gujarat violence was carried out through state machinery’s support while the other was caused due to mob frenzy.

“During emergency, goons of only one party were engaged into goondaism, in this (fascism) entire state machinery is resorting to goondaism. There is difference between riots of 2002 and 1984 Sikh riots,” said Kanhaiya Kumar.  “There is a fundamental difference between a mob killing a common man and massacring people through state machinery,” he further added.

Kanhaiya had displayed an ignorance of the relationship between state and violence by comparing 1984 with 2002, and calling the massacre of nearly 3,000 Sikhs the handiwork of a crazed mob as opposed to the state-managed Gujarat carnage.

It is no more a hidden secret that Kanhaiya Kumar was addressing the gathering during a panel discussion on “Voices of Azaadi” during the “Jashne-e-azaadi” festival which was organised to celebrate the birth anniversary of the late historian Professor Bipan Chandra.

The celebration comes at a time when JNU students have kick started a “nationalism and azaadi debate” across the country after it came under attack for an event on campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

Kanhaiya, who is an anti-Modi government activist, should not forget that if there is heavy censuring of Modi and his party after 2002, there cannot be given any kind of relief to the Congress for 1984. No justice for 2002 is complete without the same justice to 1984.

The day is not so far when Kanhaiya would be a part of Congress party as its MP or Minister.

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Congress leader’s remark likening Kanhaiya to the Bhagat Singh draws Public ire

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The unsung heroes like Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru had fought for the cause on Indian nationalism and had shed their blood for the liberation of the land as well as the people of India, in order to provide them a better life, unregulated by the humiliation of imperialist dominance and colonial exploitation.

But, the true legacy of India’s bravest martyrs is insulted by the Senior Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor, who compared Kanhaiya Kumar with Bhagat Singh. It is worth mentioning here that Kanhaiya Kumar is an accused in a sedition case for raising anti-national slogans at JNU. Bhagat Singh never became the member of the Communist Party of India (CPI), established in 1925-26, of whose student body Kumar is a member.

Congress leader drew Public ire

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor landed in a controversy over insulting one of the greatest freedom fighter of India, Shaheed Bhagat Singh. While addressing a group of students at the JNU, Tharoor, while listing the names of victims of sedition law under British rule had said Bhagat Singh was the Kanhaiya of his time.

“The biggest victims of sedition law under the British rule were Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Annie Besant and Bhagat Singh,” said Shashi Tharoor. He further remarked that “Bhagat Singh was the Kanhaiya Kumar of his time”, which drew Public ire.

People against Congress

“Comparing anti-Nationalist Kanhaiya Kumar with Shaheed Bhagat Singh is an insult to the freedom fighter and all the patriots, who chanted ‘Jai Hind’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ till their last breath”, said Gurdarshan Singh, who hails from Punjab.

“Shaheed bhagat Singh was a great freedom fighter and how can politicians like Shashi Tharoor compare the duo”, said Manisha, a Delhiite. “Shashi must be punished for his shameful act”, she further added.

Not only it drew Public ire but also politicians took strong exception to Tharoor’s comment saying it was an insult to the “great freedom fighter” as well as all patriots of the country, who laid their lives while fighting for India’s independence.

Strongly lambasting the Congress for standing with the anti-national people, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Punjab President Shri Kamal Sharma pointed out that earlier ‘All India Congress Committee’ (AICC) Vice-President Rahul Gandhi had went to JNU, extending his whole-hearted support and solidarity with Kanhaiya, who was arrested on sedition charges and is out on bail. Now, Tharoor has gone to JNU.

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It would not be wrong to say that with Tharoor passing the ridiculous comment and visiting JNU, as a messenger of Congress Vice-President, it is very much clear that Congress is now openly pampering anti-national ideology and those pursuing it.

March 23 is the martyrdom day of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, who gave supreme sacrifice fighting for ‘Bharat Ki Azadi’.

Every time today’s politicians drag Shaheed Bhagat Singh and appropriate him for their political slugfest which is shameful. The debt of gratitude we Indians owe to Bhagat Singh can never be repaid.

References:

http://www.firstpost.com/india/tharoors-bhagat-singh-kanhaiya-kumar-remark-an-insult-to-martyrs-congress-should-apologise-bjp-2691352.html?utm_source=FP_CAT_LATEST_NEWS

http://scroll.in/latest/805461/shashi-tharoor-says-statement-comparing-kanhaiya-kumar-with-bhagat-singh-was-a-throwaway-remark

http://www.navhindtimes.in/shashi-tharoors-remark-likening-kanhaiya-to-bhagat-singh-draws-bjp-ire/