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Modi describes the pains Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh took for India’s freedom
Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said it is the country’s misfortune that generations were not made aware of sacrifices of national heroes, citing example of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, in whose name a university will be coming up in Aligarh.
Modi also paid tributes to former UP CM Kalyan Singh.
“Today, I am feeling the absence of the great son of the soil, Kalyan Singh. Had he been alive, he would been happy to see the new identity of Aligarh in form of UP Defence Industrial Corridor and Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh State University. Wherever his soul is, it would be blessing us,” Modi said.
Remembering Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, Modi said today’s India is correcting “mistakes” of the past.
“Many generations of the country were deprived of their stories and tales,” the PM said. “Today, an honest effort is being made to make the new generation aware about contributions of Maharaj Suheldevji, Deenbandhu Chaudhary Chhotu Ramji or Raja Mahendra Pratap Singhji.”
“Today, when youth dreams big , they should study about Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh’s life as it imparts lessons of tremendous willpower,” he said.
“He went to different parts of the world, including Afghanistan, Poland, Japan and South Africa for India’s independence,” .
“Around World War-1, he went to Europe to meet Lala Hardayal and especially Shyamji Krishna Verma and it was the result of that meeting that the first government-in-exile of India was established in Afghanistan,” the PM said.
“This government was headed by Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh. Today, as PM, I feel honoured to lay the foundation of a university named after a great freedom fighter. He not only fought for India’s independence but also actively contributed to laying the foundation of India’s future,” Modi stressed.
In a scathing attack on previous governments in UP, Modi said,
“I want to make the people of western UP remember how about four or five years ago people lived under fear in their homes, the daughters and sisters felt afraid of coming out of their houses and going to school and colleges,” hesaid.“But today a criminal thinks a hundred times before committing such crimes. Under Yogi ji’s government, the poor get a hearing as well as respect,” the Prime Minister said.