Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Historians biased towards dalits: UP minister

Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh Sports and Youth Welfare Minister R K Choudhury today alleged that the historians were biased against the Dalits.

Speaking at a programme on the 'Uda Devi Sacrifice Day', he said the historians had ignored the sacrifices made by Uda Devi on account of her being born in a Dalit family. He said it was surprising that the ''heroine of India's freedom struggle'' was still not regarded as a freedom fighter.

The Bahujan Samaj Sangharsh Swabhiman Samiti (BS-4) leader called upon Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to include the stories of Uda Devi's valour in the state primary and secondary course curriculum. He also demanded that her name be included the list of freedom fighters and to make a memorial park in her name.

The minister said the historians should rise above the feeling of caste and religion.

Incidentally, Uda Devi had fought the British troops during India's freedom movement in Lucknow. While she bravely killed 36 British soldiers, she was shot dead by a soldier on November 16, 1857.

Source: United News of India (UNI) November 16, 2004

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