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Kangana berates India’s Independence of ’47 as ‘Bheekh’

Congress calls its 'treason'

New Delhi/Mumbai, Nov 11 (UNI) The Congress on Thursday came down heavily on Bollywood actor Kanaga Ranaut for stating that India did not get Independence in 1947, but ‘bheekh’ or alms, stating that the remarks made by the recipient of Padma Shri amounted to “treason”, and that the government should take back the Padma award and other national awards that she has received so far.

The ‘Queen’ actor landed in controversy on Wednesday, when, while participating in the Times Now Summit 2021, she remarked that India did not get Independence in 1947, rather freedom for the nation came in 2014, in an apparent reference to the Narendra Modi government coming in power. “That was not independence but bheekh (alms), and the real independence came in 2014,” she had said.

Her comments drew criticism from many quarters, including national parties like BJP, AAP and Congress.

Talking to UNI, Congress Spokesperson Gourav Vallabh said, “First of all Kangana Ranaut has made fun of freedom fighters and their struggle. Does Kangna think the bullet Mahatma Gandhi took on his chest was for ‘bheekh’? Bhagat Singh went to the gallows, was it for ‘bheekh’? Subhash Chandra Bose sacrificed his life, was it ‘bheekh? Sardar Patel united India, Pt. Nehru was in jail for ten years, was it all for ‘bheekh’? This is an insult of our ancestors, the people because of whom we are independent today, it is an insult to them. Kangna should apologise to every Indian.

“The government of India should take back the prestigious Padma award from such a lady who is insulting Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Bhagat Singh, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. If the government is giving her Padma award, it means the government is backing such people,” he added.

BJP leader Varun Gandhi slammed the actor on Twitter for her comments, and questioned if it was “madness or treason”.

“Sometimes an insult to the sacrifice and penance of Mahatma Gandhi, sometimes the respect of his killer, and now the disdain for the sacrifices of millions of freedom fighters from Shaheed Mangal Pandey to Rani Laxmibai, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekhar Azad, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and more. Should I call this thinking — madness or treason?” Varun said.

Preethi Menon, National Executive Chairman of AAP, filed a complaint with Mumbai Police seeking an FIR against Ranaut for making “seditious remarks”.

Aam Aadmi Party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh also slammed the actor, and lauded the complaint made by Menon.
“The statement of the actress suffering from perverted mentality is a gross insult to the martyrs of the country and her statement is outright sedition. Congratulate Preeti Menon for the historic step,” Singh said.

Ranaut was presented the Padma Shri by President Ram Nath Kovind on November 9. During the Times Now Summit, she had also said the treatment given to Indians by the British after the 1857 revolt was worse than what happened to Jews.

“I have studied a lot on it, I have also done a film on a martyr… It is very clear, it is a matter of fact… British did not take over India by some democratic process, it was forceful occupation of this nation. There were some battles here and there but in 1857 there was a decisive… the first war of independence… it was a decisive fight for freedom and they curbed it some how,” she said.

“What followed was the most unfortunate part of history, more unfortunate than what happened to the Jews also. But it was not printed in the media, whether Jallianwala Bagh or Bengal famine, whatever they did after that, they went for Indians because they were able to curb that first fight for independence and in that phase, Indians cultivated in them strong sense of being wronged,” she said.

“When your’e stripped of everything… You did not even have money to eat and all near and dear ones dying… What you need to do is fight, I am not saying it is right or wrong, this is how human psyche is. British were aware of it that blood will flow, they decided whose blood will flow. It shouldn’t be their blood. For that they needed some people so that Indians’ bloods flow but not there’s. Those were the people labeled as liberals, the Congress, and so on an so forth,” she said.

“If independence is given as alms (bheekh) is it independence? Mountbaten was here for the longest time and then what happened… Pakistan was formed as an Islamic republic, but India remained secular, what is secular? it is no man’s land, not yours, not mine, not anybody’s. Becuase what British left behind in name of Congress were extension of British… Coming back to Savarkar, Lakshmibai, or Netaji, they knew blood would flow but it should not be Hindustani blood. They knew it and they paid a price…” she added.

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