Ak­bar wasn’t great, Ma­ha­rana was: Yogi

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LUC­KNOW: Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath said on Thursday that it was Ra­jput war­rior Ma­ha­rana Pratap and not Mughal em­peror Ak­bar who was ‘ma­haan’ (great).

Adityanath’s state­ment, made af­ter un­veil­ing a spe­cial is­sue of a fort­nightly mag­a­zine, at a func­tion on Thursday was en­dorse­ment of grow­ing cho­rus from top BJP lead­ers about his­to­ri­ans not do­ing jus­tice to Ma­ha­rana Pratap.

The RSS, VHP and the BJP have con­sis­tently main­tained that his­tory writ­ten dur­ing the Congress rule was bi­ased and didn’t do jus­tice to In­dian heroes.

“A so­ci­ety cut off from its roots can’t be ex­pected to lay the foun­da­tion of a strong fu­ture. Our past in­spires us to move ahead. Ma­ha­rana is un­doubt­edly among the heroes from our past who set a tremen­dous ex­am­ple of courage, pa­tri­o­tism and sac­ri­fice,” Adityanath said.

Show­er­ing lav­ish praise on the Me­war king, Adityanath said, “Ma­ha­rana had made it clear that he would not ac­cept Ak­bar as the ‘badhshah’ de­spite the fact that the Mughal em­peror had sent Raja Man Singh as his emis­sary. There were sev­eral in­cen­tives on of­fer to Ma­ha­rana

› Ma­ha­rana is un­doubt­edly among the heroes from our past who set a tremen­dous ex­am­ple of courage, pa­tri­o­tism and sac­ri­fice YOGI ADITYANATH, chief min­is­ter

if he had ac­cepted Ak­bar’s re­quest. But, Ma­ha­rana didn’t com­pro­mise his in­tegrity and that’s why even 500 years later Me­war is syn­ony­mous with self re­spect, dig­nity and self es­teem.”

He said had Ma­ha­rana ac­cepted Ak­bar’s con­di­tions, we wouldn’t have been re­mem­ber­ing him to­day and Me­war would not have en­joyed the same sta­tus as it has now.

RSS leader Naren­dra Thakur who also spoke on the oc­ca­sion said the Sangh had been en­gaged in cre­at­ing aware­ness in vil­lages.

“We are reach­ing more than 3 lakh vil­lages with our mag­a­zine. Ma­ha­rana Pratap’s life and times have al­ways in­spired us to lead a full life,” Thakur said.

Chair­man of UP SC/ST Com­mis­sion Bri­jlal along with RSS lead­ers Ashok Dubey, Lok­nath and Di­waker Awasthi too were present.

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Adityanath un­veil­ing a spe­cial is­sue of a fort­nightly mag­a­zine in the state cap­i­tal on Thursday.

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