Those who fail to create history try to distort it: PM
NEW DELHI: Those who fail to create history try to distort it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday as he stressed on the need for accepting history as it is and not allowing it to be distorted by any ideology.
Speaking at the launch of the first ever dictionary on martyrs of the Indian freedom struggle, Modi, whose party has often been accused by the Opposition of distorting history, said only if history is accepted as it is, will it inspire generations.
“There are efforts to weigh history on the scale of ideology and these efforts many a time lead to distortion of history. I believe history should be accepted as history… It should not be bound by your ideology or mine and we should not make changes in it… The debate will go on…” he said.
He alleged that only those who fail to create history make attempts to distort it to suit them.
“Those who cannot create history they sometimes want to paint history in their own colours because they do not have the capacity to create history. Instead of painting history in these colours, we should accept history as it is and then we will be of great service to the country,” he said.
He further said that while history can be interpreted in various ways, the facts cannot change.
The five-volume dictionary contains an account of the martyrs from India’s First War of Independence in 1857, to India’s Independence in 1947. He said that this includes the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the noncooperation movement, the Quit India Movement, and those soldiers of the Azad Hind Fauj, who attained martyrdom, among many others.
He also suggested that universities encourage students to offer these books as case studies. (AGENCIES)