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Pradhan: Earlier govts ignored unsung heroes of freedom struggle

The Times of India logo The Times of India 14-10-2021
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NEW DELHI: Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday blamed previous governments at the Centre for ignoring the contribution of unsung heroes of the freedom struggle.

Releasing India Post’s special covers on six unsung heroes of Odisha, he said the Indian Council of Historical Research will be tasked to carry out research to find the contribution of unsung heroes from Odisha Pradhan and railway and IT minister Ahwini Vaishnaw released the special covers of six freedom fighters, including Jayee Rajguru, Bakshi Jagabandhu, Baji Rout and Chakhi Khuntia. The leaders gave credit to PM Modi for recognising heroes “who have been ignored” by earlier governments.

In response to a request from a descendant of Jayee Rajguru to include the contribution of freedom fighters from Odisha in curriculum, Pradhan said, “Even after 75 years of our Independence, people have to make such demand... This is because people who were in power ignored the contribution of such heroes.”

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