The Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP, Narendra Modi, exhibited his stupendous knowledge of history once again while speaking in the inauguration of a Hospital in Balasinor, Gujarat on 10th November, 2013. He vociferously blamed Congress for not bringing the asthi of the freedom fighter Shyama Prasad Mukherjee who Modi claimed had died in Geneva in 1930!
He informed the audience that Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, a great son of Gujarat had built India house in London. He also claimed that Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was in regular dialogue with Vivekananda and Dayanand Saraswati etc etc. Mukherjee was born in 1901 whereas Vivekananda died in 1902. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee must indeed be a great scholar to engage in a dialogue with Vivekanda at the age of just one year. Finally, as is his penchant to take credits, Modi said it was his good fortune to be able to bring back the ashthi (ashes) of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee from Geneva in 2003!
Imagine the next potential Prime Minister of our country totally ignorant about the founder of his own parent organisation Bharatiya Jan Sangh Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee who had died in Kashmir in 1953! Modi “kills” him in Geneva in 1930 and reduces Mukherjee to ashes much before Jan Sangh was born. The most ludicrous aspect of Modi’s declaration was that he was in fact criticizing Manmohan Singh’s speech in Chhattisgarh and blaming Congress for distorting history and geography!
To correct the history – It was Shyamji Krishna Varma from Kutchh Mandvi, Gujarat, who had gone to London and with some in 1902 developed the India house which became the living space for many Indian freedom fighters. Shyamji had died in Geneva in 1930 and his ashes were handed over to Modi in 2003. But to invoke this incident incorrectly in Balsinor, Gujarat, is indeed hilarious.
Many would say that we are nit-picking on Modi for such bloopers. But how long can such illiteracy be permitted to be exposed to the world? Very recently, Modi in Patna went on to bring Alexander to Bihar and got him defeated by Biharis though Alexander never cross the Ganges. He also put Taxila in Bihar though it is in Pakistan. Imagine what his last declaration could have done if he was actually the Prime Minister. A war would have broken out between India and Pakistan for taking away Taxila from Pakistan!
In the same meeting at Balasinor, Modi made many more bloopers but one more instance would suffice. He blamed the Congress for awarding the Bharat Ratna to Vallabhbhai Patel after it was awarded to Rajiv Gandhi. This is not true. Both Rajiv and Sardar had been conferred with the Bharat Ratna in 1991. Both were conferred posthumously.
Why doesn’t Modi make a grievance that no Government till date has conferred Bharat Ratna to Mahatma Gandhi, the tallest freedom fighter Gujarat has given birth to? If Modi can remember Sardar Patel, why does he forget Gandhiji?