Those who are afraid of Nehru
A controversy has erupted over the absence of a picture of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on the poster of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ released by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR). It has been criticized by Congress. A section on social media is fiercely criticizing it. Senior journalist Ashutosh also objected to the poster of ICHR, after which Bollywood filmmaker Ashok Pandit hit back.
Ashutosh tweeted from his official Twitter handle, ‘Those who are afraid of Nehru don’t photograph him.’ Retweeting his tweet, Ashok Pandit wrote, ‘Come on, be happy by putting yourself in there.’
Apart from Ashok Pandit, there is a lot of response from users on Ashutosh’s tweet. A user named Rajesh Kumar wrote, ‘They can’t change history by deleting Nehru’s picture.’ A user named Anurag Singh Rana wrote, ‘How many times to put only Nehru’s picture? Lakhs had fought for freedom, may some grace be on those who were never remembered.
A user named Shyam wrote, ‘Ravana told Lord Ram that even though my ego is dead today, but as long as this world is there, I am immortal because as long as Ram’s name is there, I am. In the same way, remove Nehru’s name from anywhere, but the first Prime Minister of India will remain Nehru. This is the history of India which no power in the world can erase.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also objected to the missing picture of Nehru from the poster of ICHR. Sharing a screenshot of the ICHR website, he tweeted, ‘It is not only condemnable but also against history to celebrate independence by removing Jawaharlal Nehru, an important voice of Indian history. ICHR has once again spoiled its own name. It is becoming a habit.
Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai has also given his reaction on the removal of Nehru’s picture. He wrote in a tweet that the picture can be removed from the poster but neither his contribution to Azad’s movement can be forgotten nor his image as the builder of modern India can be erased.