Nehru Out, Savarkar In – National Flag Ad In Karnataka Triggers Row


Karnataka’s ruling BJP stated they selected to not embody Jawaharlal Nehru’s {photograph}.


A controversial commercial printed by the Karnataka authorities for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Har Ghar Tiranga” marketing campaign and as a tribute to freedom fighters, has been slammed by the state’s opposition Congress. The commercial omits the picture of the nation’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and contains Vinayak Savarkar of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, titled Revolutionary Savarkar.

The complete-page commercial was printed this morning – August 14 — the day designated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day”.  

On social media, the BJP and the Congress have clashed over a video the ruling social gathering tweeted, holding Nehru and Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah liable for the partition.

The 2 events had sparred on the problem by the morning, with Congress’s Jairam Ramesh alleging that the “actual intent of PM to mark Aug 14 as Partition Horrors Remembrance Day is to make use of essentially the most traumatic historic occasions as fodder for his present political battles”.

In Karnataka, the ruling BJP stated they selected to not embody Nehru’s {photograph}.

“Due to Nehru India is split into India and Pakistan. That’s the reason his picture was omitted within the newspaper,” stated BJP spokesperson Mr Ravi Kumar.  Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, he stated, had “struggled for our freedom so his picture was included”.

“So are Jhansi Rani, Gandhi, and Savarkar. Nehru was the nation’s first Prime Minister. He fought for our Independence however he divided our nation,” he added.

Leaders of the Congress alleged this was only a politically motivated transfer of the state’s BJP authorities and demanded that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai be sacked.

“It’s a disgrace on Indian’s democracy and freedom. India is celebrating 75 years of Independence. The Prime Minister ought to sack Basavaraj Bommai and we’re searching for an apology,” stated state Congress chief DK Shivakumar.

Different Congress leaders — together with former Union minister Jairam Ramesh and Karnataka’s chief of the opposition Siddaramaiah — have sharply criticised the state authorities for together with Savarkar’s picture.

“Nehru will survive such pettiness. CM Karnataka determined to save lots of his job is aware of what he has completed is an insult to his father SR Bommai & his father’s 1st political guru MN Roy — each nice Nehru admirers, the latter being a pal as nicely. Pathetic that is,” tweeted Jairam Ramesh.

“Karnataka’s BJP authorities might intentionally omit Nehru, India’s 1st PM from its Independence Day Commercial, however they will neither erase historical past nor rewrite historical past. The maker of Trendy, Socialist, Secular & Progressive India will all the time be remembered by each Indian as they March forward,” tweeted Dr Syed Naseer Hussain, MP Rajya Sabha.

“After we thought slavery ended with the British gone, @CMofKarnataka @BSBommai proved everybody improper by displaying that he’s nonetheless a slave to @RSSorg,”tweeted Siddaramaiah.

“Not together with #PanditJawaharlalNehru within the record of freedom fighters in at the moment’s govt advert exhibits how low a CM can go to save lots of his chair,” he added.

That is the newest controversy to hit the marketing campaign that is meant to take the flag to each house for the seventy fifth 12 months of India’s Independence.

Earlier the state and the Central authorities had been criticised for distributing substandard nationwide flags and forcing the poor to purchase flag in return for meals rations. There have been reviews of pressured flag gross sales at faculties as nicely.

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