NEW DELHI: Union minister Prakash Javadekar has found himself on the wrong side of history literally following a controversial statement that Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh and Rajguru were hanged.
The remarks made at a function on Monday came in for sharp criticism and went viral on social media till the minister stepped in to douse the flames. By then, the video of his comments had been watched time and again. He took to Twitter and spoke to media representatives separately, asserting that he was misunderstood and said the controversy arose because of the confusion over punctuations in his quotes.
“I am amused with the news. I paid my respect to all freedom fighters since 1857. I mentioned leaders like Gandhi, Nehru, Subhash. It was a full stop. In the next sentence, I recounted those who were hanged, jailed and suffered at the hands of British. There was no confusion in the minds of those who listened. I hope this removes all confusion,” tweeted Javadekar.