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Is 2019 really the ‘Gandhi Year’?

While launching the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan or addressing country at the Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi since the beginning of his tenure has made sure that the ideas of Mahatma Gandhi will be celebrated in a grandees fashion throughout 2019, the year of the 150th birth anniversary of the freedom fighter. The same intent was reflected in 2019’s Republic Day in which the tableaus were vehemently dominated by the M.K. Gandhi and his messages.

On the other hand, the central government is ignoring the requests of the Punjab government for allocating budget for the 550th birth anniversary of first Sikh guru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Yes, it is the 550th anniversary of Prakash Utsav of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji who undoubtedly raised one of the most progressive and selfless community through his teachings of ‘Sarbat Da Bhala’ i.e ‘Good for all’. While the abode of terrorism Pakistan is doing more than its intent to appease the Punjabi community in Pakistan for its vicious interests. Other than that, if the current government has a ‘secular’ excuse for ignoring a mega festival of the country, ignoring an event that might had a much greater contribution in the country’s freedom will be something more than a blunder. The government of India is may be ignoring Jallianwala Bagh massacre’s 100th anniversary which will be unaffordable and irreparable for the country. Till now the government had announced and shown no signs or intent to remember that inhumane massacre on the soil of India which agitated a wave of young blood to sacrifice for the independence of Bharat.

Ignoring Baba Nanak who reaped a community which contributes a mind-boggling share of taxation in the country (33%) and day-night selfless langar sewa to the most-needy section of the country might prove to be a big fault not only in the administrative system but also in the social awareness. Also, forgetting the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre by general Dyer will be a great loss to the heritage and history of the ‘largest democracy in the world.’

Devanshu Mittal

Devanshu is a Mass Communication student from VIPS, IP University.

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