Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar changes the history said, “We salute freedom fighters, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, Pandit (Jawahar Lal Nehru), Bhagat Singh and Rajguru who were hanged.”
Addressing a public meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara, Javadekar was talking about the how India got the freedom. He said,” The fight for independence was begun in 1857 ended 90 years later when we threw the British out.”
The minister, who is responsible for the education portfolio, got his facts wrong as India’s first Prime Minister Nehru died of natural causes in 1964. He was 74.
Patel, who went on be independent India’s first home minister, died in 1950 at the age of 75. Bose’s death is still a matter of debate. The freedom fighter disappeared after a plane crash in Taiwan in 1945 and his files are still keeping safe by the government.
The minister’s blunder came during the Tiranga Yatra launched to mark India’s 70th Independence Day. Several BJP leaders and lawmakers, carrying the Tricolour, have visiting cities and states across the country.
The Yatra was started in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to spread awareness about India’s freedom struggle and inculcate a feeling of nationalism.