A Textbook in Delhi University titled ‘India’s Struggle for Freedom’, which refers freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat as a Terrorist has evoked a sharp response from all over the nation. According to reports, Bhagat Singh’s compatriots Chandra Shekhar Azad, Surya Sena and many others who fought and died for India’s freedom have also been labelled as ‘revolutionary terrorists’ in the DU textbook.
The Chittagong movement has been referred to as a ‘terrorist act’ in the book, and the killing of Sanders has been called an ‘act of terrorism’.
Many renowned historians and authors have now come forward and urged the authorities to rectify the mistake. This book has been in circulation for almost two and a half decades now.
Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani also called in to suggest that no amount of intellectual cover could be used to disrespect those who have lost their lives during the freedom struggle. The HRD Minister termed the error as an ‘academic murder’. She also gave an assurance that corrections will be made in the chapter and that the disapproval would be expressed to the university.