Stop insulting the supreme sacrifice of 7,32,000 Indians by crediting Gandhi alone for India’s freedom

De di hamein azaadi bina khadag bina dhaal
sabarmati ke sant tune kar diya kamal

These lines may sound poetic, but when you give it a second reading, you’ll figure out that these Filmy lines have been used to glorify one man. The Father of the Nation, MK Gandhi.

The Congress party and its proxies for long have ‘patented’ India’s freedom to Mahatma Gandhi. Firstly addressing him as the Mahatma is not totally justified. No saint would sleep with multiple partners. Stop insulting the term.

Mahatma Gandhi is unduly credited for India’s freedom. Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh and many other martyrs sacrificed their lives for the nation. But, in history books we always find MK Gandhi play the ‘lead role’.

Isn’t this disrespect to the greatest revolutionaries like Chandrashekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev & a large number of patriots. Seculars and sycophants have failed to acknowledge the contribution of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. These are leaders that inspire us.

If I were to give a frank opinion, I’d say non-violence would have got us nowhere. Yet Gandhi is the irreplaceable brand, that shields the faceless seculars & pseudo liberals. Hundreds of thousands of people laid down their lives in the freedom struggle. Many Indians openly opposed the British. The Jallianwala bagh Massacre led to the death of many innocents. The British brutality can never be summed up by citing one of their barbaric acts.

The Indian rebellion began in 1857. From 1857-1947 British numbers suggest that 7,32,000 Indians were killed. These are the numbers presented by the British. The real numbers may go up to 2 million.

Even if you consider the British numbers 7,32,000 Indian lives were lost. Is the supreme sacrifice of these Indians, of no value? The people who gave up their present, so that we could experience freedom.

If you’ve been a Gandhian all your life, go ahead. Glorify him, but don’t make it a ‘one-man show’. The melodramatic dialogues can make their way, but 7,32,000 Indians is too big a number to ignore. Don’t give it a filmy twist.

Every Indian life has to be valued. Most importantly, every Indian who sacrificed his life for the nation, cannot be forgotten.


Alok Shetty**