Mainstream, VOL LII, No 17, April 19, 2014
Modi’s Colossal Ignorance of History
Sunday 20 April 2014
Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, has earned notoriety for his colossal ignorance of Indian history and important facts.
According to him, the ashes of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the founder of the Jana Sangh, the predecessor of the BJP, had been brought to India in 2003 although he had died in Kashmir while leading an agitation in 1953.
At a rally in Rajasthan he came out with the incorrect name of Mahatma Gandhi, whose correct name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and not Mohanlal Karamchand Gandhi, as stated by Modi.
Bhagat Singh, the great revolutionary leader, had been hanged with his two colleagues in Lahore in 1931 and not in the Andamans, as stated by Modi.
At the Patna rally he contended that Chandra Gupta Maurya belonged to the Gupta dynasty and Biharis had defeated Alexander the Great’s forces although the fact is that Alexander’s forces did not cross the river Ganga.
One wished the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP was not so ignorant of Indian history and important facts.
Dr M. Hashim Kidwai (Ex-Member of Parliament)
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