Mumbai: Once again stirring up the controversies with her absurd statements, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut – who was recently awarded with Padma Shri award by the Central government- on Tuesday targeted father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, and went on to mock his mantra of ahimsa by saying that offering another cheek gets you “bheek” (handout) not freedom. To note, last week, while speaking at a summit the 34-year-old actress had said that India’s freedom was a ‘bheekh (handout)’. And on Tuesday, she stood by her statement and advised people to choose their heroes wisely.
Kangana shared an old newspaper article on her Instagram story and wrote, “Either you are a Gandhi fan or Netaji supporter. You can’t be both, choose and decide.” The newspaper had an old article from the 1940s with the headline, “Gandhi, others agreed to hand over Netaji.”
In a series of posts on Instagram, Ranaut this time targeted Mahatma Gandhi and said “choose your heroes wisely”.
Kangana said that freedom fighters were ‘handed over’ to the British by those ‘who had no courage’ to fight oppression but were ‘power-hungry’. Taking a potshots at Mahatma Gandhi she said, “Those are the ones who taught us, if someone slaps you offer another cheek for one more slap and that is how you will get aazaadi. That’s not how one gets aazadi, one can only get bheekh like that. Choose your heroes wisely.”
The Manikarnika actor also claimed that Gandhi ‘never supported’ Bhagat Singh or Subhas Chandra Bose. “So you need to choose who you support because just placing them all in one box of your memory and every year wishing them all on their birth anniversaries is not enough. In fact, it is not just dumb, it is highly irresponsible and superficial. One must know their history and their heroes,” she said.
A few days ago, the queen of controversy, Kangana, had claimed during the Summit that India’s independence in 1947 was not freedom but ‘bheekh’ (alms) and that the country got real independence in 2014 when the Narendra Modi-led government came into power. Her comments drew flak from several politicians from across the spectrum, historians, academics, fellow actors and others lashing out at her for views and many saying she should return her award.
The actress defended herself after she was slammed over her “freedom” remark, saying that she is ready to return her recently-received Padma Shri award if someone can enlighten her about events of 1947.
Meanwhile, the Opposition party, Congress, also demanded that the Centre should take back Kangana’s Padma Shri honour for insulting the country’s independence movement.