Friday, April 10, 2015

Re: [IAC#RG] India against Corruption wants pictures of other freedom fighters on currency notes

Gandhiji said that what we got from Britishers was a political freedom. The struggle for economic freedom would give us true freedom.

The villages are enslaved by an urban centric economic system. Entire village masses are suffering from penury and misery. They are migrating to cities, where they fall into a greater trap.

A man, unsung in most of India, brought economic freedom to masses living in villages in preindependence United Punjab. He struggled to free village peasantry from the clutches of money lenders in United Punjab and succeeded very well with two revolutionary Acts in 1936-37. He brought prosperity to villages. Whenever his party came to power he took the role of Revenue minister and left the post of CM to Faizle ur Rehaman and Sikander Bakht. As revenue minister in his Unionist Party led government, he brought many policies in United Punjab that uplifted the rural people from poverty. He exposed Congress and Muslim League so well in front of people that these two parties could never win more than 2 seats in Provincial elections till this man was alive i.e till 1945. His struggle started in 1921 when he left Congress due to its anti rural ideologies. Some years thereafter  he formed Unionist Party.
He understood the urban rural bias in those ages so well that he said: " I have greater regard and sympathy for a rural Muslim than a urban Hindu" He was poisoned, allegedly by members of Hindu trading community, at Lahore in 1945 and died. Had he been alive, India would never have been divided. Muslim League's fundamentalist designs were rebuked by Muslim's followers of Unionist Party led by this man.
When a Pakistan Chief Justice took oath, he stated that he owes his rise to policies of this man. This man's picture was displayed in background when this Chief Justice took oath. In 2009, a member of Pakistani Hockey team desired to visit Garhi Sampla in Haryana to take away a handful of soil from this land to fullfill the wishes of his father back in Pakistan.

But this man is almost obliterated from Indian history today because he challenged the urban centric, middle class supported, anti- rural Congress in pre independence India and never allowed it to get more than 2 seats in United Punjab Provincial Assembly. The earlier version of BJP i.e Jan sangh was treated in the same manner by this man.

This man forced Britishers to raise MSP for crops by 1.5 times in a single stroke. 
In Pakistan, India's Haryana and Punjab, this man is a household name. He is referred as Rehbaar-A-Azam in pakistan;  In India as " Deen Bandhu." Britishers called him " Sir."

This man's   was....................
                                                    CHOTTU RAM.  

I would love this man's pic on most currency notes.

PS. I may err at small deviation of facts but not significant.

On Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 4:45 PM, rs chhikara <> wrote:
Dear Sarbajit .

I entirely agree with your contentions in Para 3 and Para 6 but not Para 4. A deeper study of the freedom movement and the antagonistic actions of Gandhi, Jawahar and other acolites  would highlight the fact that it is infact easier to project Subhash as No 1 in your list.His achievements were not only inspite of but also
regardless of Gandhi. 

Having said that I will not insist on any change in your priorities because Subhash will get his due regardless of any thing else because people of India recognise his place in history.

Brig R S Chhikara

From: Sarbajit Roy <>
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Sent: Thursday, 9 April 2015 11:05 AM

Subject: Re: [IAC#RG] India against Corruption wants pictures of other freedom fighters on currency notes

Dear Brig Chhikara


Thanks for your prompt response.

1) At the outset let me inform you that Netaji was my paternal
great-grandfather's student in patriotism, and the student repaid his
debt to his teacher by saving his teacher's life.

2) As you may recall the IAC is part of a larger and ancient patriotic
movement from the 19th century, which is deeply aware of and immersed
in its history and pays homage to all those who came before us and on
whose work we build on today, Netaji included.

3) As IAC is a pan-Indian movement we have to carefully calibrate our
choices for maximum impact and support. I am sure you will not
disagree that the first objective is to dislodge Gandhi and repel his
image from the common psyche rather than replace him by anybody

4) The 4 names IAC has proposed were selected after considerable
internal discussions in the wider movements, to provide an initial
impact, balanced representations and a better overall shot at success.
Since apparently I shall be personally spearheading this campaign if
we have to do so, I would find it far easier to make a case for Tagore
versus Gandhi, rather than Netaji versus Gandhi for the Rs. 1,000

5) I also want to make it clear that we are presently not changing the
names IAC is proposing. I am proceeding for the annual retreat /
meeting of IAC's parent body today, and I shall certainly faithfully
convey the views of your INA trust to my seniors.

6) May I also say, humbly, it is also because of such sectarianisms
that the Govt is able to successfully divide us. Hence we appeal to
all those with IAC not to press any names at this stage and focus on
the common larger objectives of nation building and anti-corruption..


On 4/9/15, rs chhikara <> wrote:
> Dear Sarbajit.
> Thanks for your response.
> We at Netaji Subhash Bose - INA Trust believe that Netaji Subhash Bose was
> not just another freedom fighter. He was the greatest patriot during recent
> centuries and his contribution to India's freedom stands well above that of
> Gandhi. The Pseudo Gandhi dynasty is not worth speaking about.
> There is urgent need to recognise him as THE NATIONAL ICON of INDIA.
> His ideology and vision are extremely relevant today.
> Brig R S ChhikaraExecutive Vice ChairmanNetaji Subhash Bose-INA Trust
>      From: Sarbajit Roy <>
>  To: indiaresists <>
>  Sent: Thursday, 9 April 2015 8:34 AM
>  Subject: Re: [IAC#RG] India against Corruption wants pictures of other
> freedom fighters on currency notes
> Dear Brig R.S. Chhikara
> IAC had already done the needful, and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose's
> image is also one of those we suggested, along with Veer Savarkar,
> Tilak, Lala Lajpat Rai etc. to be issued in large quantities..

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