Congress leaders slam Kangana Ranaut for the 1947 ‘bheek’ remark, demand the Padma award be withdrawn.

“I find the comment of the actress, in which she called India’s independence an alms, shocking and outrageous,” says Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma. According to Kangana, “we got real freedom in 2014”, drawing sharp criticism from politicians of all parties. 

New Delhi: According to the Congress party, Kangana Ranaut should be stripped of her Padma Shri award for trashing India’s Independence movement in 1947 as ‘bheek’ or alms in her recent comments.

During a 24-second video clip widely shared, Ranaut says India’s Independence amounted to “bheek” (alms). At an event organized by a news channel, she said, “And we got absolute freedom in 2014. “The audience clapped in agreement.

Kangana Ranaut’s comments were found to be outrageous and shocking by the Congress’ spokesperson Anand Sharma. They insulted freedom fighters such as Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Bhagat Singh, and Chandrashekar Azad. A letter Sharma sent to Ram Nath Kovind said the Padma Award should be given to Kangana as soon as possible.

The former Union minister recommended that psychiatric evaluations be performed before such awards are given so that such recipients do not dishonour the country and its heroes.Withdraw Kangana Ranaut's Padma Shri': Congress after actor's 'Independence was bheek' remark | India News,The Indian Express

“If the PM does not endorse Ranaut’s views, the government should take appropriate legal action against them,” he said. 

Rep. Gourav Vallabh said this statement demonstrates the consequences of Padma awards given to undeserving people. In her opinion, Kangana Ranaut insulted our freedom movement and the sacrifices made by our freedom fighters,” Vallabh said.

According to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, if the government gives her a Padma award, it means the government is promoting people who believe in violating the human rights of others” (Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Bose).

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that Ranaut’s statement hurt the sentiments of families of freedom fighters. Since Ranaut had received the Padma award, the government should apologize for Ranaut’s remarks. “Direct treason” has been committed by Kangana Ranaut, Vallabh said.

According to Supriya Shrinate, Ranaut’s remarks insult citizens who have sacrificed, including freedom fighters such as Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Nawab Malik accuses Devendra Fadnavis of patronising fake currency racket; shielding people with underworld links and giving them key posts

The BJP members are fake, pseudo nationalists who laid down their lives for this country, and here’s someone who walked into the parliament and said, “We got this as alms. A citizen of India would take significant issue with what this woman said, Shrinate said. 

Government spokespersons, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Home Ministry were criticized for their “conspicuous silence.” This person is awarded one of India’s highest honours, the Padma Shri, yet she does not value our independence. What sort of person is this?” Shrinate asked. “Nobody on earth has the right to berate our nation’s movement and the hard-earned freedom we have,” said a spokesperson for Congress. 

The statement stressed that Kangana Ranaut had to apologize, but she also called for the government to take action because somebody like her shouldn’t be honoured with such a high honour. Salman Soz reported that some people clapped when Kangana mentioned 1947 independence as a charity case in a Twitter post. Likewise, he recalled millions of Indians who “resisted the British, were killed, or were jailed, and loved their country”. 

The BJP MP Varun Gandhi was among those who took to social media and other venues to express their outrage over Kangana’s comment at an event on Wednesday night, who is known for provocative and often inflammatory comments. Varun Gandhi, an MP for the BJP from Pilibhit, tweeted a video of Ranaut’s comment. 

In 1947, India was partitioned. What happened?

The British Indian Empire won its independence from the British in August 1947 and was divided into two new states. Pakistan and India were the new countries, and Eastern Pakistan became Bangladesh.

In this segment, Newsround examines what went down and its impact on the local community.

  • Nearly 200 years after the British took over, in August 1947, the Empire collapsed.
  • They created two independent states after British India was divided into two: India and Pakistan. There were two areas in Pakistan, separated by 1,240 miles.
  • Bangladesh later split from Pakistan and became East Pakistan. 

Why did this happen?Independence or alms? Kangana remark sparks national outburst- The New Indian Express

Indians felt that the British ruled them too much, so they wanted their government.

The British imposed a lot of rules on them, causing them economic problems.

Hindus and Muslims also had tiff between them.

A few years before independence, India and Pakistan were planned to be two separate states.

The majority of India was made up of Hindu areas, while most of Pakistan as Muslim sites. 

What was the impact?

Millions of Indians were forced to leave their homes because of the partition. Forced migration has never occurred caused by war or famine, and this was by far the largest.

Article Proofread and Edited by Shreedatri Banerjee

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