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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday that it was the armed revolutions against the British in India that formed the basis for the success of the Congress-led non-violent movement.

He added that despite igniting the flame of patriotism in the hearts of millions of Indians and prompting them to join the struggle for independence, the armed revolution and its activists have never been given due importance in the history of India’s struggle for freedom.

The Home Minister was speaking at the launch of the book Revolutionaries – The Other Story of How India Won Its Freedom, by Sanjeev Sanyal, an economist and member of the Prime Minister’s economic advisory board.

“Had there not been a parallel flow of armed movement, achieving independence would have taken a few more decades,” Shah said.

“It is true that the non-violent movement against the British had its own significance and contribution to make India free. But to mean armed revolution was meaningless; proving the importance of non-violent movement by parading armed revolution as sporadic, disorganized, individual struggles is not correct,” he added.

Shah said India’s armed revolution for independence was not done justice in the way the story was written and, in an emotional tone, said, “The people who have had the responsibility of telling the full story of India’s independence movement and a Indian perspective do not do their job well.”

“They don’t know that on the day Bhagat Singh was executed, all the families from Lahore to Kanyakumari were so suffocated with grief that they couldn’t eat,” Shah said, adding “this ignited the flame of patriotism in the hearts of all Indians. and no one can deny that it galvanized the fight for freedom.”

“Just because Bhagat Singh’s supreme sacrifice did not immediately lead to independence, that doesn’t make his sacrifice any less important. It is true not only for Bhagat Singh but also for the entire stream of armed revolution,” he added.

He also asked whether the awareness evoked by Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s poem Vande Mataram and the Gadar Party movement were not important.

Pointing to Congress, without naming the rival political party, Shah said: “I am in the field of politics, so I don’t want to delve deeper into this matter because it could lead to politicization, but it is true that these revolutionaries never got adequate space in our history. ”.

Congress, added Shah, introduced the Purna Swaraj demand only in 1930.

Without taking names, Shah criticized left-wing liberal and communist historians using terms like Angrez and Angreziat. “This story was written from Angreziat’s perspective after the Angrez left India.”

The home minister noted that Sanyal’s book focuses on lesser-known currents in India’s freedom struggle and breaks the shackles of a popular belief that he says has been planted in the public psyche by repeatedly hammering them through education, legends and historical writings.

“If we look at the history of India’s struggle for independence, we will see that various individuals, organizations, thoughts, ideologies and paths aim to achieve the same goal. Freedom was finally the result of their collective efforts,” he added.

“Pride in heritage and freedom from slavery symbols are two significant parts of the Panch Prans mentioned by the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi). Citizens who are not proud of their heritage cannot make a great nation. And people who carry traditions, beliefs and thoughts that were absorbed during the period of slavery cannot free the nation from the thought process of the shackles of slavery,” he added, calling on historians and students of history to write “the correct and glorious history India’s Struggle for Independence” identifying 300 personalities and 30 major empires in addition to the Mongols who ruled for over 200 years.

Sanyal’s book looks at the life of nationalist leader Veer Savarkar, spiritual leader Sri Auribindo, who dreamed of making India Viswaguru, the Gadar Movement, the Andamans Cell Prison, the Association of the Republic of Hindustan, the Chittagong arms raid and Netaji’s valiant exploits, Shah noted.