Kangana Ranaut: Either you are a Gandhi fan or Netaji supporter, you can’t be both – Times of India

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut took to her Instagram handle and stood by her recent ‘bheek’ remark on India’s independence struggle against the British. Urging people to pick sides with either Mahatma Gandhi or Subhas Chandra Bose, she shared an old newspaper article from the 1940s with a headline that read, “Gandhi, others agreed to hand over Netaji.”

She wrote in the caption, “Either you are a Gandhi fan or Netaji supporter. You can’t be both, choose and decide.”

She further added, “Those who fought for the freedom were “handed over” to their masters…by those who had no courage burning /boiling hot blood to fight their oppressor but they were power hungry and cunning…Those are the ones who taught us, if someone slaps you offer another cheek for one more slap and that is how you will get aazaadi. That’s not how one gets aazadi, one can only get bheekh like that. Choose your heroes wisely.”

She further said that Gandhi ‘never supported’ Bhagat Singh or Subhas Chandra Bose and added, “So you need to choose who you support because just placing them all in one box of your memory and every year wishing them all on their birth anniversaries is not enough. In fact, it is not just dumb, it is highly irresponsible and superficial. One must know their history and their heroes.”

Only a while ago, Kangana sparked the controversy when she stated that India got freedom in 2014, hinting at the BJP-led government, while the Independence in 1947 was “bheek” (alms). NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik demanded that her Padma Shri be revoked and that Kangana should be booked for insulting freedom fighters.

Offering to return the prestigious Padma Shri award, Kangana shared an excerpt from a book and wrote, “Everything is very clearly mentioned in the same interview 1857 first collective fight for freedom… along with sacrifice of greats like Subhash Chandra Bose, Rani Laxmibai and Veer Savarkar ji. 1857 I know but which war took place in 1947 I am not aware, if someone can bring to my awareness I will give back my Padma Shri and apologise also… please help me with this.”

“As far as Aazadi in 2014 is concerned, I specifically said physical Aazadi we may have had but consciousness and conscience of India was set free in 2014… a dead civilisation came alive and fluttered its wing and now roaring and soaring high … today for the first time … people can’t shame us for not speaking in English or coming from small towns or using made in India products… everything is articulate and clear in the same interview… lekin jo chor hain unki toh jalegi … koi bujha nahi sakta (those who have a guilty conscience will feel the burn, nothing can be done about it) … Jai Hind” she justified.

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