Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said that Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose were hanged by the British. Prakash Javadekar who is in charge of education in the country was at a public event in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara on Monday when he made the error.
Hindustan Times reported that while addressing a public meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said, “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.”
A video clip shows the minister Prakash Javadekar saying, “SC Bose, Sardar Patel, Pandit Nehru, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru all were hanged.”
Prakash Javadekar‘s statement is factually incorrect because Jawaharlal Nehru went on to become the first PM of India and died in 1964 of natural ailments, while Sardar Patel died in 1950. Javadekar also mentioned Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who, according to known records, died in a plane crash in Taiwan in 1945.
However, Prakash Javadekar later clarified his remarks, stating that he had used a ‘full stop’ after mentioning names, implying that he did not lump them together with those who were hanged by the British. Prakash Javadekar took to Twitter to clarify the statement he made at the rally.