‘Not Given Due Credit’: Amit Shah Recalls Contribution Of Armed Revolution

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday that the flame of patriotism sparked by the armed revolution contributed to the success of the Congress-led liberation movement but these efforts were unfortunately not given adequate credit in history books, news agency PTI reported.

Shah was addressing the gathering at the publication party for “Revolutionaries: The Other Story of How India Won Its Freedom,” a book written by Sanjeev Sanyal, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Economic Advisory Council.

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“There are people like me who believe that it was because of the fire of patriotism ignited by the armed revolution that helped the Congress-run freedom movement succeed. I believe this and I can even prove this, that if it weren’t for the parallel stream of the armed movement it would have taken a few more decades to attain independence,” PTI quoted him as saying. 

He continued, “It is unfortunate that historians have not given these efforts and achievements of the armed revolution the due recognition.

Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, V. D. Savarkar, Aurobindo Ghosh, Rashbehari Bose, Bagha Jatin, Sachindra Nath Sanyal, and Subhas Chandra Bose are just a few of the freedom warriors whose tales are collectively told in the book.

Speaking about the freedom fight, Shah claimed that many different people and organisations contributed to India’s independence.

“If we analyse India’s freedom movement, we see a great number of people, a great number of ideologies and organisations were putting in efforts to reach the same destination. It is the result of their collective efforts,” stated the top BJP official.

But just one kind of nonviolent movement narrative has been “forced through education, history, and mythologies,” he noted.

“I do not say that non-violent movement had no contribution in India’s freedom, or it is not a part of the history. The non-violent movement played a great part, it had major contribution to independence. But it is not correct to say that nobody else had any contribution,” said Shah.

He attributed mistakes to people “who were responsible to tell the history from India’s perspective.”

“Those who were responsible to tell the story of India’s freedom struggle from an Indian perspective, I believe they made some mistakes. The British went away but they left behind ‘angrejiyat’. And the history was written through those glasses of ‘angrejiyat’, which ultimately created this entire confusion,” explained Shah.

Additionally, he urged historians, academics, and members of the younger generation to “read history more closely and convey its true message to the next generations.”

(With PTI Inputs)