January 21, 2022

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‘Vivekananda-inspired 1857’ article raises hackles of many

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‘Vivekananda-inspired 1857’ article raises hackles of many
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‘Vivekananda-inspired 1857’ article raises hackles of many
‘Vivekananda-inspired 1857’ article raises hackles of many

KOLKATA: A historical slip-up in the central government’s biweekly online news magazine New India Samachar about Swami Vivekananda being among those who influenced India’s first war of Independence in 1857 has raised hackles of well-read Kolkatans.
“During the Bhakti movement, saints and mahants of this country, whether it is Swami Vivekananda, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (or) Ramana Maharshi, were concerned about its spiritual consciousness. It served as the precursor to the revolt of 1857,” states New India Samachar’s first edition of 2022, published on Tuesday.
Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863, while the first war of Independence took place between May 10, 1857, and July 8, 1859. When PIB tweeted this erratum as part of the “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebration, Kolkata took it to heart. On Wednesday, coinciding with the 159th birth anniversary of the philosopher, many ridiculed the journal’s “lack of sense of history” while some appeared to read between the lines. PIB’s Twitter handle has since “regretted” and “corrected” the error but it has been far from forgotten in Kolkata.
Historian Rajat Kanta Ray didn’t rule out politics at play behind the move. “The first supposition of this being a simple error is so improbable that one might resort to a second interpretation. There is a trend of taking refuge in imaginary and abstract history where time is not a factor. This is done to confuse the readers,” he said.
Ray drew a parallel between this historical fallacy and “books mentioning that the Taj Mahal was a Hindu palace”.
“I find a similarity between this and the kind of mentality that equates the two epics with history. Since there was no contribution of RSS in the freedom movement, all this could be a ploy to change the narrative and distort history to suit their own purpose.”
TMC MP Jawhar Sircar said, “One pities them that they have so few learned people and thus the ruling group reveals its level of ignorance of history.”

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