Chennai: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said that time has come to revisit our history textbooks and to give adequate importance to freedom fighters from all parts of the country.
Unveiling the statue of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Raj Bhawan, Chennai, on the occasion of his Birth Anniversary, the Vice President said that the history should inspire our children and they should read the life stories of the heroes of our freedom struggle.
Naidu expressed disappointment that many of the stalwarts of Indian independence movement, such as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Veer Savarkar, Shri Chidambaram Pillai, Subramania Bharti, Alluri Seetharama Raju and Veerapandiya Kattabomman did not find adequate place in our history text books.
He further said that the history should be comprehensive and re-capture our past glory and instill a sense of pride in India’s rich culture and heritage.
Referring to the sufferings underwent by several freedom fighters at Cellular Jail including Veer Savarkar, the Vice President said, “some people are trying to belittle their contributions, either due to ignorance or due to their leanings.”
Calling upon the youth to take inspiration from the life of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Naidu asked them to strive towards building a progressive, harmonious and inclusive India.