The book titled “India’s Struggle for Independence” which has been part of DU’s curriculum for over two decades , became a centre of controversy as it refers Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Surya Sen and other freedom fighters as “revolutionary terrorists”.
Union Ministry of Human Resource Development acted by requesting the University of Delhi in writing to avoid using the word “terrorist” while referring to freedom fighters as “the word today has a different meaning and it could hurt national sentiments”.
Union Ministry of Human Resource Development acted after Bhagat Singh’s family had objected to it..The family members had written to the HRD Minister Smriti Irani seeking her intervention in this regard and demanded appropriate changes in the textbook.
On Wednesday, Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Anurag Thakur took up the matter and demanded a debate in the Lok Sabha on what is being taught in the country, prompting a heated exchange between BJP and Congress members.
The book titled “India’s Struggle for Independence”, authored by noted historian Bipin Chadra and Mridula Mukherjee, mentions several freedom fighters as “revolutionary terrorists” in Chapter 20. The book also calls the Chittagong movement a ‘terrorist act’, while Sanders killing has been called an ‘act of terrorism’.
“This is a very sad precedent that even after 68 years of Independence such words are used for the revolutionaries, who gave their lives for the freedom of the nation,” Bhagat Singh’s nephew Abhey Singh Sandhu said.
“The Britishers, who hanged Bhagat Singh, described him as ‘true revolutionary’ in their judgement, even they didn’t use words like terror or terrorism. Using such words for revolutionaries in an attempt to stir controversy is very unfortunate,” he added.