Change is the only constant and politics is no exception. With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), taking over the reins in Uttar Pradesh, new icons of Dalit and back castes have gained importance.
Suheldev Raja, Rani Lakhan Pasi Jhalkari Bai and replaced Dr. Ambedkar BR, Kanshi Ram Ramabai, Jyotiba Phule and Shahuji Maharaj – the appropriate icons by the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
The idols of the Samajwadi Party (SP) – Ram Manohar Lohia and Janeshwar Mishra – were also relegated to the background.
The BJP government has not only decided to install new statuary icons in public places, but also includes chapters on textbooks under the new education policy.
Recently, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said: “The paper and Sukelev Jhalkari Bai was deliberately ignored by historians who have distorted history. The BJP government will include chapters on these icons in the school syllabus so students are inspired by them “.
He also announced the construction of a temple of Surya Balaar in Bahraich which was razed by Muslim invaders Salar Masud Ghazi Saiyyad.
The announcement by the welfare minister, Om Prakash Rajbhar, that the Raja Suheldev statues would be installed in the monuments built in Lucknow during the BJP BSP government placed in the blue brigade.
A delegation of BSP leaders, led by the Secretary General of the Nation SC Mishra, met the CM on Wednesday to file a protest against the installation of back statues icons of chaste monuments commemorating Dr. BR Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram. “Instead of invading Dalit monuments, the BJP must build separate commemorative monuments for backward class icons they are promoting,” he said.
BSP chief leader Lalji Verma said: “BSP respects Suheldev Raja and Rani Bai Jhalkari but will oppose the invasion of their monuments. Even the Supreme Court, in its order, prohibited the construction of monuments.
Speaking of VAT, national chairman of the Suheldev Party Samaj Bhartiya (SBSP) Om Prakash Rajbhar said that no one could overlook the contribution of Raja Rani Suheldev or Jhalkari Bai.
“A section of historians deliberately tried to erase his name from the annals of history.” The BJP government has decided to restore its dignity and place in history, “he said.
“Back caste icons such as Suheldev and Jhalkari Bai and Muslims face as Ashfaqulla Khan, Abdul Hameed and APJ Abdul Kalam are respected by all. It is for us if we want to collaborate with them and Alauddin Khilji, Mahmud of Ghazni Mohammed Ghauri, Salar Masud, Babur And Aurangzeb, “said Yogi Adityanath.
Professor CB Gupta, a faculty of the department of medieval and modern history, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya University, Gorakhpur, said that the BJP was attempting to make inroads into Dalit and dalit communities.
“To win the support of the most disadvantaged communities, the BJP will give a decent place to its icons. Dalits and backward communities have played a crucial role in the BJP’s overwhelming victory in the assembly’s election,” he said.