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Rewriting history

There was an emperor in China by the name Wang Teng. But he adapted another name - Shih Huang Ti, with the meaning "  The first emperor". He wanted himself to be recognized as first emperor. And he hated history. He made all the great books by philosophers like Confucius and history books to be burnt.  His edict read that "Anyone who uses antiquity to belittle  modern times will be put to death along with his relations." And he kept his word. Hundred of scholars who tried hiding their beloved books were buried alive.

So today, our own people - though they like antiquity and our old culture and our old scientific inventions, do not like Gandhiji. They  find faults with him in history - their own version of history.

They say - "Upliftment of dalits was an idea of Ambedkar. Tolerance has been our culture from very beginning. He, Gandhi in fact was against development and wanted people to remain in villages. His idea of non-violence was asking Jews to not protest against Hitler. "

I think, next these people will bring their own Mahatma and their own Bapu and say Independence was not obtained by this saintly person. And they argue so well that the impressionable youngsters start believing them.

I am at the verge of becoming violent listening to them belittle Gandhiji in Big fight in NDTV. 

We need to understand that we very badly need a Gandhi to bring about harmony in our country and build a sense of security to people from minority religions.

P.S. : My knowledge of Gandhiji is very limited. Apart from incomplete reading of his autobiography, other source was the film on Gandhiji by Richard Attenborough.  Even the learned panelists who participated in the discussion, would get a better understanding of the great leader by watching the film, according to my humble opinion. 

P.P.S : We are certainly rewriting history. Now we are replacing or trying very hard to replace Nehru by Patel. And also we are trying to replace Gandhi by - hold your breath.... Godse. 

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