Kangana Ranaut offers to return Padma Shri if proven that she disrespected martyrs and freedom fighters
Bollywood actress and Padmashri awardee Kangana Ranaut has offered to return her Padma Shri and agreed to apologize if anyone can prove that she has disrespected martyrs and freedom fighters.
The Manikarnika actress recently stirred up a storm with her comment on ‘Freedom.’ In a recent interview she said that India’s Independence in 1947 was ‘Bheek’ or alms, and the nation got its true Independence in 2014, hinting towards the BJP-led government.
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The actress took to her Instagram stories to share some excerpts from a book in order to defend herself. She began her argument with, “Just to set the records straight..” Continuing in the next slides she wrote, “Everything is very clearly mentioned in the same interview 1857 first collective fight for freedom… along with sacrifice of greats like Subhash Chandra Bose, Rani Laxmibai and Veer Savarkar ji. 1857 I know but which war took place in 1947 I am not aware, if someone can bring to my awareness I will give back my Padma Shri and apologise also… please help me with this.”
She further stated, “I have worked in a feature film of a martyr Rani Laxmi Bai… extensively researched on the first fight of freedom 1857… nationalism rose so did right wing … but why it died a sudden death? and why Gandhi let Bhagat Singh die … why Neta Bose was killed and never got Gandhi ji’s support? why line of partition was drawn by a white man… ?instead of celebrating freedom why Indians killed each other some of the answers I am seeking please help me find answers.”
“As far as Aazadi in 2014 concerned I specifically said physical Aazadi we may have but consciousness and conscience of India was set free in 2014… a dead civilisation came alive and fluttered its wing and now roaring and soaring high … today for the first time … people can’t shame us for not speaking English or coming from small towns or using made in India products… everything is articulate and clear in the same interview… lekin jo chor hain unki toh jalegi … koi bujha nahi sakta (those who have a guilty conscience will feel the burn, nothing can be done about it) … Jai Hind,” Kangana added to her statement.
She then debated saying that British entered India with a war and looted us to a point of saturation and accordingly we were supposed to win with a war itself. The fact that a Britisher drew the line of control and granted us freedom with conditions, this independence is nothing more than alms.
Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party raised a complaint against Kangana to the Mumbai Police, demanding an arrest for her “seditious and inflammatory” comments. BJP MP Varun Gandhi on the other hand, reacted at her comments with outrage.