The photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing the famous Azad Hind Fauj cap to mark the 75th anniversary of the proclamation of the Azad Hind government went viral on Sunday. Speaking on the occasion, Modi launched a veiled attack against the Congress for ignoring contribution of Neta Subhash Chandra Bose.
Speaking at an event, held at the Red Fort in Delhi, Modi said,”It is unfair that to glorify one family. The contribution of several other great leaders was deliberately forgotten. It is high time more Indians knew about the historic role of stalwarts Sardar Patel, Babasaheb Ambedkar and Netaji Subhas Bose.”
Although many felt that Modi’s sudden burst of love for Subahsh Chandra Bose was in keeping with the next year’s Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal, where his party has been desperately trying to gain foothold for several years.
But, Modi sporting the Azad Hind Fauj cap did not go down well many people on social media. Author and columnist Shobhaa De in particular slammed him saying that wearing an icon’s trademark ‘topi’ does not make you a Netaji.’ Although De did not name Modi, her jibe was clearly aimed at the prime minister.
Wearing an icon’s trademark ‘topi’ does not make you a Netaji .
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) October 21, 2018
No sooner had De posted her tweet, she came under fire from Modi supporters, who are quite active on social media and are known for giving grief to the critics of the government and the prime ministers. One Modi supporter wrote, “Scribbling something on sheet of paper doesn’t make u a writer either.” Another Modi fan wrote, “Criticising everything honorable PM does is not journalism.”