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Yogi Adityanath needs a lsson or two about the history of Hyderabad
Bihar, in October 2013, Pradhan Mantri Shri Narendra Modi ji began his campaign speech by highlighting Bihar's relevance in India's history and mythology. "When we remember the era of higher learning, Nalanda and Taxila come to mind," he said.

While Nalanda was established in present-day Bihar, Taxila was a thousand miles away in modern-day Pakistan. Later, in the speech he had told that Sikandar [Alexander the Great] won the entire world, but when he came to conquer Bihar… our soldiers defeated him and sent him back dead. Only thing is, Alexander's armies mutinied at River Beas (known as Hyphasis River in Greek accounts), and the famous conqueror never got to Bihar.

Then, two weeks later, Modi ji had criticized India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for "not bringing back the ashes of Syama Prasad Mukherjee."

Mukherjee was the founder of Jana Sangh, the party that later became Bharatiya Janata Party. He informed the audience: "In 2003, I went to Geneva and brought back Dr Mukherjee's ashes."

Modi appeared to have mixed him up with Gujarati freedom fighter Shyamji Krishna Varma who died in Switzerland in 1930, and whose ashes Modi had brought back when he was chief minister of Gujarat. Later on, the BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi explained the mix-up as "a slip-of-the-tongue".

Of course, our beloved Prime Minister Modi ji is no stranger to historical bloopers. On 29 June, 2018, history was once again repeated casually. In a rally at Uttar Pradesh's Maghar district, he enlightened the masses: "It is said that here, Saint Kabir, Guru Nankadeva and Baba Gorakhnath sat together and discussed spirituality".

The three historic figures lived in different eras. While Baba Gorakhnath is believed to have been born between the 11th and 12th century, poet Kabir was born at the end of the 14th century. Guru Nanak, on the other hand, lived between the 15th century and the 16th century.

Following the footsteps of historical howlers of his boss, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, this Sunday, warned AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi that he would have to "flee Telangana the same way the Nizam was forced to flee Hyderabad" if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in the state." 

The Uttar Pradesh mukhya mantri Yogi Adityanath or Pradhan Mantri Narendra Modi, I can't recall who is senior in saffron politics. However, the latest revelation or threat of Yogi Adityanath needs condemnation from all the hues of Indian political spectrum. The foremost amongst them should be the President, Prime Minister, Chief Minister of Telangana and Speakers of Lok Sabha as well as Telangana Assembly. It is a serious offence if an Indian citizen is intimidated by a politician in this language, and that also by a senior responsible office bearer of ruling party, just because someone's political leanings you don't like.

To make the matter worse, those who are being threatened are no other but the members of Lok Sabah and Vidhan Sabha. India is still a secular democratic country. Both the Owaisi brothers are well conversant of Indian Legal System and they don't need my advice to respond. However, I fully agree with them when they reminded Yogi Adityanth about the history of Nizam of Hyderabad. Most appropriately, the Hyderabad lawmaker Asaduddin Owaisi delivered his retort.

"India is my father's country. Nobody can force me to leave it." Mr Owaisi's party had won seven seats in the 2014 polls and it enjoys considerable influence in the old quarters of Hyderabad. The party has also been described as friendly by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, who is seeking a second term in power. The irony is that KCR is also friendly to BJP.

Owaisi said, "It is my religious belief that Prophet Adam, when he descended to earth from paradise, came to India." He claimed that the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was ignorant about historical facts.

"Contrary to what Yogi Adityanath believes, Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan did not flee Hyderabad. He was made 'Raj Pramukh' and when there was war with China, he offered tons of gold to India."

Well, Yogi Adityanath, with his unique credentials as religious leader and political leader rolled into one, should possess a patient soul and show a softer delivery – expected virtues among many others. He is an expert in changing the historical names without bringing the real changes in the lives of the denizens of those places. Like his boss, he needs to read history. His words carry weight!

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