I was shocked and benumbed to see the noon news bulletin on some Malayalam channel a couple of days back! The swish scoop was about the History text book for the 10th standard ICSE syllabus. The book calls the great Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh and his friends terrorists! ‘They’ (the syllabus makers) might not know who Bhagat, Sukhdev and Rajguru were; but as long as proper history and patriots remain in this land, the newer generations will only study the true history. Those who make such catastrophic chronicles should be the ones to be sent to gallows. Interesting this came at a time when the government was blocking weblogs fearing terrorism! And those with various goverment departments continue with their versions of terrorism history rather officially!
The much expected Right to Information Act is to be modified by the Indian governnment. This Act was intended to give laymen access to official documents regarding their queries. Mission Netaji had asked for copies of the documents used as exhibits by the Shah Nawaz and Khosla commissions to reach their conclusions regarding the death of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. But, Mission Netaji received the reply from the Home Ministry that it cannot process the request since it comes under Section 8(3) of Right to Information Act, which deals with information that will adversely affect the security of the State and its foreign affairs! There is something seriously shady, right? Now the government is planning to modify the Act, so that it is more comfortable to them. In effect, the RIGHT to Information is to be LEFT for ever…..
Bhagat Singh Photo: Jag’s Blog