"Nehru ji ka naam tho vaise hi kharab kar diya, ab Patel ji ki baari aagayi"
Published from my blog http://frommywisdom.blogspot.com/
I will tell you what the next few months 'probable' political prophecy of India can lead to. A well-known fact is that BJP severely lacks the backup of any historic image. So, in near future, it will adopt pro-Sardar Vallabhai Patel's campaign so intensely that it may force Congress to counter attack by following anti-Sardar Patel's policy (even though he belongs to the same political party).Then starts the great Indian tamasha of defaming Sardar Patel. If not Congress then at least its followers will take up this 'great job' of throwing mud at Patel ji while BJP will be continuing its tradition of aiming mud pumps at Jawaharlal Nehru (and sometimes even Gandhi ji).
One can make this prediction after observing the last few years' political trend in my own home state of Andhra Pradesh. Late Dr.Y.S.R (Dr.Y.S.Rajashekara Reddy,Ex.CM of A.P) is considered as one of the good leaders and politicians in A.P's history (mainly because of his good grip on governance and party cadre, just like his opponent Sri Chandrababu Naidu).He was highly praised by his Congress 'high command' even for few months after his demise until his son Y.S.Jagan started his own congress in the name of YSR. Jagan, who considers himself the 'de facto' heir of CM chair, tried (ofcourse 'still trying' with his never ending 'condolence yatra') his best to take full advantage of people's favour on YSR. So the reluctant Congress had no other option than to deliberately distance itself from YSR tag. And now we can find many Congress' MLAs openly criticizing YSR. The summary that projects out is "how a political game on possession of a famous person's fame ends up vilifying the same person".
I can find many books, many videos on Youtube and news articles whose sole intention is to get famous by criticizing/comparing the nation leaders. There is much 'literature' that claims to expose the 'dark sides' of our nation icons like Gandhi, S.C.Bose, Nehru, Patel. We can even find in ourselves a second mind that gets frenzy whenever it hears some ugly truth about great persons. And we even take great interest in spreading those unconfirmed rumours which recaps me of a quote "a bad about a good person and a good about a bad person takes no time to spread". May be the things mentioned in them are true. But why should we care ? Yes you heard me right "WE SHOULD NOT CARE EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE TRUE". If we start caring about such things then we will end up defaming all our great leaders without sparing anyone of them.
You may ask me "What's the use of these icons?". I say "to get inspired". Be it a religion or a nation, we always needs some famous figures to whom we can look up to. Great religions always reckon on some icons like Jesus, Prophet Mohammad, Lord Rama, and Buddha. In the same way all nations have icons like Washington, Gandhi, Mao, Stalin and Lincoln. These icons may have their dark sides but why should we care. What we need is inspiration, not just for now but for many more future generations. These inspiratory figures are what that will help flourish the religions and that keep the nations intact. They are the testimonies that prove that it is practically possible to lead/sacrifice one's perfect life for great cause.
Let me make it comprehensive to some of the India's inhabitants (I call them just 'inhabitants' because they think of their nation at least or only while watching India's Cricket match). Sachin is considered as the GOD of Cricket (and no doubt he is).Suppose in future some news comes out revealing something 'bad' about him. That news will obviously go viral and its editor may become famous but it can completely smear cricket, thus reducing its audience. Ironically, the same editor may lose revenue that he used to get from cricket news.
So what I entreat my present generations is to forget any rebukes on our national leaders, discourage anyone who provoke such things, and don't start combat on the claiming of these icons. All of us don't want to see the day when one side comes to rule,it casts Gandhiji's pic on Indian Currency notes while other one comes to cast Patelji's pic, eventually confusing the future citizens with "Who's the actual father of nation?!!". Don't think that we are following them besides they have some ugly truth behind them but obey that we are following them for our own good. In fact it's our duty to guard our icons as long as their public principles will continue to shape a better tomorrow.