The Maharashtra Congress has alleged that the ‘Kranti Gatha’, an underground museum dedicated to the struggles of Indian freedom fighters inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on Tuesday was influenced by the Rashtriya Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS ).
Sachin Sawant, general secretary of the Maharashtra Congress, said the freedom movement is presented through the prism of the right. He said the mainstream freedom struggle seems to have no place in the museum, despite the Indian National Congress being born in Mumbai.
Sachin Sawant in a Twitter thread said that “For years RSS has tried to undermine nonviolent freedom struggle and reinvent the history of the freedom movement (since RSS was not part of it) to present it to through a straight prism. Today, the Prime Minister will open the ‘Gallery of Revolutionaries’, a museum at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai.”
Many have sacrificed their lives in the mainstream struggle. There were a large number of martyrs in the Quit India movement of 1942. Unfortunately, Babu Genu’s name does not appear in Raj Bhavan’s press note, Sawant said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter and said, “The Revolutionaries Gallery at Raj Bhawan in Mumbai is a great effort to connect young people to our struggle for freedom.”
The Revolutionaries Gallery at Raj Bhawan in Mumbai is a great effort to connect young people to our struggle for freedom. pic.twitter.com/XbuAop28m7
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 14, 2022
The gallery includes the names of Vasudev Balwant Phadke, Chafekar Brothers, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Babarao Savarkar, Krantiguru Lahuji Salve, Anant Laxman Kanhere, Madame Bhikaji Kama; the first armed revolutionary organization ‘Abhinav Bharat’, ‘Patri Sarkar’, Ganesh Vishnu Pingale, Vasudev Balwant Gogte, Shivram Rajguru and many other revolutionaries.
It also includes photographs and information on many tribal revolutionaries drawn by school children. In the next phase of the gallery, other revolutionaries will be featured, a press note said.
INFLUENCE BY RSS, SAYS CONGRESS
However, Sawant objected that freedom fighters like SA Dange and other communist leaders were also imprisoned. Since the museum was established under the leadership of Dr. Vikram Sampath, it is quite possible that the influence of RSS was there.
He added: “I sincerely hope that the sacrifices of all other revolutionaries will have a place and that no one will be excluded from the political agenda. I hope the names of all the revolutionaries who have received criminal convictions and those who have not written pardon petitions will also be there. Many Maharashtrian revolutionaries endured Kala Pani.
Similarly, the revolt of 1857 was a united struggle of Hindus and Muslims. Even Savarkar agreed. Would like to see names of all revolutionaries including Azimullah Khan. Maharashtra has made an invaluable contribution to the struggle for freedom. The struggle of peasants and workers or the Warli revolt must have a place, Sawant added.
MODI SLAMS CONGRESS
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi, in his speech at the event, indirectly mocked Congress for not recognizing the value of our historical monuments. Prime Minister Modi said foreign countries would laugh at us if they knew that Raj Bhavan’s underground bunker has remained undiscovered for the past seven decades.
The Prime Minister also alleged that the contribution of the freedom fighters who sparked the freedom movement in foreign lands was not well recognized.
For example, Modi shared that the ashes of Shamji Krishna Verma, a revolutionary who started the India House movement in London, had not returned to India since 1930 after his death. It was he (Modi) who brought them back in 2003.