BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Thursday lashed out at one of his party’s most ardent supporters – actor Kangana Ranaut – for her remarks that India got its freedom in 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power and what it got in 1947 after a decades-long struggle by freedom fighters was “bheekh” or handout.
Mr Gandhi, who has lately been voicing discordant notes that have earned him a censure or two by the party, posted a short clip of Ms Ranaut’s remarks an event organised by television channel Times Now in which she is heard saying in Hindi, “That was not freedom but bheekh, and the real freedom came in 2014.”
Ms Ranaut, who was given the Padma Shri award by PM Modi’s government this month, was understood to have been referring to the BJP coming to power in 2014.
The 34-year-old who stands banned on microblogging platform Twitter over her incendiary right-wing commentary has spawned many a controversy in the past.
Slamming her, Varun Gandhi tweeted in Hindi, “Insulting the sacrifice of Mahatma Gandhi sometimes, praising his killer sometimes, and now the disdain for the sacrifices of Mangal Pandey, Rani Laxmibai, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and lakhs of freedom fighters. Should I call this thinking madness or treason?
कभी महात्मा गांधी जी के त्याग और तपस्या का अपमान, कभी उनके हत्यारे का सम्मान, और अब शहीद मंगल पाण्डेय से लेकर रानी लक्ष्मीबाई, भगत सिंह, चंद्रशेखर आज़ाद, नेताजी सुभाष चंद्र बोस और लाखों स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों की कुर्बानियों का तिरस्कार।
इस सोच को मैं पागलपन कहूँ या फिर देशद्रोह? pic.twitter.com/Gxb3xXMi2Z
— Varun Gandhi (@varungandhi80) November 11, 2021
Kangana said she has no intentions of joining politics but she is very aware and as an artist and as a nationalist, she will speak about India’s freedom struggle. Talking about Savarkar and the Congress’s allegation that Savarkar was no patriot, Kangana said, “This is a very large subject. I have studied a lot and did a film. It is very clear that the British did not take India over by some democratic process, right? It was a forceful occupation of this nation. There were some battled here and there but in 1857, there was a decisive fight for freedom. What followed after that is the most unfortunate part of history. More unfortunate than what happened to Jews also. ..It was not printed in the media.. whether the Jalianwalabagh massacre or the Bengal famine. They went for Indians because they were able to curb the first fight…they left us literally starved.”
Kangana recently visited Veer Savarkar’s cell in the Andaman island for ger upcoming film Tejas and said that history has been rewritten by a group of people who have omitted that part. The ‘fake education’ system has put the conscience of the country to sleep with a heavy dose of anaesthesia, the actor said.
“British were acutely aware that blood will flow but they decided whose blood will flow. It should not be their blood. And for that, they needed some people who could help them so that India blood flows but not theirs. These are the people who are labelled as liberals or the Congress. When you got conquered after a fight, how can you get independence as ‘bheekh’,” the actor asked.
“Secular is no man’s land. What British left behind in the name of Congress was the extension of the British,” Kangana said.