Have we heard about Maharana Pratap as much as we have heard about Akbar? Have we accorded due respect to the Rajput warrior as much as we revere for Muslim King?
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today highlighted the multiple contributions of Maharana Pratap, who he says has not been given due place in the Indian history. The minister requested historians and other concerned to re-evaluate Maharana’s contributions.
After unveiling Pratap’s statue on his 477th birth anniversary in Pali, the minister addressed a public gathering in which he reiterated immense contributions of the lesser recognized hero of India.
“I am surprised that historians called Akbar as great but not Pratap. What shortcoming did they notice in Pratap that he was not referred to as ‘the Great’,” Rajnath Singh said in the Pali district of Rajasthan.
“I have no qualms about Akbar being called so, but I would suggest all historians to correctly assess Pratap’s contributions,” Rajnath Singh said.
“Our historians made a huge mistake in not giving Maharana Pratap his due in Indian history and this error should be rectified,” he said.
Maharana Pratap ditched his throne for the self respect. He is looked up by many Indians as an epitome of courage and valour.
The minister also claimed that Maharana Pratap and Shivaji have been continuous inspirations for him. He paid a tribute to the leaders who earnestly contributed in the India’s independence story in 1857.
Twitterati also paid due tribute to the warrior. From celebrities to ministers, Twitter was bashed with posts about the great warrior, as the world celebrates the Maharani Pratap Singh’s birth anniversary. Have a look at some of them.
M.Venkaiah Niadu, Union Minister for Urban Development tweeted: “Remembering #MaharanaPratap on his Birth Anniversary; the great Indian warrior with an indomitable courage.”