Tuesday, October 16, 2007

More than just the Mahatma

This article More than just the Mahatma by Sanjeev Nayyar, which was published in the September 24, 2007 edition of the Hindustan Times, echoes many of the thoughts in my article The Assertive Indian:

More than just the Mahatma
Savarkar, Subhas Bose and Bhagat Singh left a legacy that India can be proud of. A re-evaluation of Gandhi’s role in India’s independence is necessary to give other leaders due credit.

In his article, Nayyar re-evaluates Gandhi's role by providing evidence that ahimsa did not lead to India's independence. He then discusses the contributions by Veer Savarkar and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose to the freedom struggle.

Vināyak Dāmodar Sāvarkar

If anyone in the West knows anything about Savarkar, they probably learned it through Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins and Dominique LaPierre. Collins and LaPierre portray Savarkar as a homosexual and intimate that he was guilty of conspiracy in the assassination of Gandhi, even though he was exonerated of the charges.

October 2007 - Two more bomb blasts to report

Back to the dreary task of documenting terrorist attacks in India:

2007-10 terrorist attacks tagged map by user - Tagzania

Thursday, October 11: A blast at sufi shrine of Khawaja Moinuddhin Chishti in Ajmer, Rajasthan killed two, injured nine.

Sunday, October 14: A blast at a cinema hall in Ludhiana, Punjab killed six, injured 32.

Zoom out to see locations of these bomb blasts in India.