New Delhi: As if following the footsteps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose blunder on historical events created a stir in the recent past, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadkar has said Jawahar Lal Nehru, Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were among the martyred freedom fighters who were hanged.
The fight for independence that began in 1857 ended 90 years later when we threw the British out. We salute freedom fighters. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel, Pandit (Jawahar Lal Nehru), Bhagat Singh and Rajguru who were hanged, media reports quoted him as saying when he was addressing a public meeting in Madhya Pradeshs Chhindwara.
Javadkar described all of them as Shaheed (martyr).
The Ministers faux pass lay in the fact that Nehru, Indias first Prime Minister died of natural causes in 1964, while Patel, Indias first Home Minister, too died a natural death in 1950.
Boses death is still a matter of debate as he is said to have disappeared after a plane crash in Taiwan in 1945.
Bhagat Singh and Rajguru were indeed executed by the British in 1931.
In what may go down in future as hilarious political anecdotes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mixed up history not in distant past, when he referred to the ancient king Chandragupta of Maurya dynasty as a monarch of the Gupta dynasty.
He also said Takshashila, the famous ancient seat of learning, was in Bihar, while in reality the place is in Pakistans Rawalpindi district under Punjab province.