Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, the leader who created the meaningful opposition in an independent India and who was the face of the RSS supported BJP till now, was not considered for the Bharat Ratna” award by Modi government in Delhi. The government decided to give this to Mahamana Madan Mohan Malaviye jee, who was senior, and Atal Jee who was junior to Shyama Prasad. By this way the RSS and BJP tried to erase Shyama Prasad legacy in Indian Politics.
I am not here to tell that he was the youngest VC of the Calcutta University who invited Tagore for convocation. I am here to ask a question that why BJP and Modi did not choose his name for the Bharat Ratan.
एक राष्ट्र में दो प्रधान, नहीं चलेगा-नहीं चलेगा। एक देस में दो विधान, नहीं चलेगा-नहीं चलेगा। This was the slogan which was popular than any movie dialogue that is popular today. It was Shyama Prasad who did that without proper party and workers. It was Shyama Prasad who initiated the opposition against Jinna hidden agenda for Pakistan when no one else in the Congress had thought that Jinna would be successful. He resigned from Nehru’s cabinet to oppose the 1950 Delhi pact and made BJS with the help of the RSS and thus he brought the RSS in politics. However, today, BJP choose Atal jee and Mahamana to erase him and his political legacy. In my view, this was the biggest mistake this government did. It was an opportunity for the BJP to prove that it is different than the Congress and to prove that it is important to debate on the article 370. Awarding the Bharat Ratan to him would have proved his point on the article 370 was correct. His vision on united India or on Jinna was correct.
Then, why did not BJP choose him? The answer is the article 370. By dropping his name, BJP sent a hidden signal to political parties in Kashmir that they don’t care for the article 370. In other words, BJP is trying to prove that the article 370 is not related to Hindutva and nationalism. From here and now, I don’t think BJP will use Shyama Prasad name like Balraj Modhak. The Bharat Ratan for Shyama Prasad might have helped BJP to gain something in Bengal, but they choose to drop him just because their interest lies in Kashmir. Shyama Prasad was more potent and stronger leader of Hindu Mahasabha than Madan Mohan jee. BJP choose both (Atal jee and Mahamana jee) name to keep its fake Hindutva alive and to keep opposition silent. By choosing Mahamana’s name, BJP tried to satisfy the strong supporter of Hindutva. However, BJP is neither interested in Hindutva nor it is interested in Madan Mohan or Atal jee legacy. They just want to grab power at any cost and want to make history by doing something in Kashmir. Now the future will reveal where BJP will go in next four years with respect to Bharat Ratan as they don’t have so many leaders to give this award during their regime. Will they consider Shayam Prasad in next year or they will choose people from other filed or no nomination at all. There might be chance that will choose some other people from history like Madan Mohan jee. Is there any chance for L. K. Advani as he was a fire brigade for the RSS ideology at one time? (The image was taken from web in google search which showed the photo gallery of him on http://www.bjp.org)
Parmit Kumar Singh