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“There should be a struggle against the communal tensions similar to the first freedom struggle!” Prof. Roop Rekha Verma

“In the midst of the communal tension in the country, an appeal for a movement like the first freedom struggle” – On the road in the scorching heat, a woman distributed pamphlets on the streets about the 1857 revolution.

Read The Mooknayak’s special interview with the social activist seen on a road in Lucknow distributing pamphlets about the 1857 revolution in a video that went viral.

Lucknow— A video showing an elderly woman on a road in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, distributing pamphlets among the peopleabout the 1857 freedom struggle, quickly went viral on the internet. The women were seen appealing to the people to unite and fight against the prevailing communalism.

After the video became viral, the elderly woman was identified as retired Professor Roop Rekha Verma. Verma was formerly vice-chancellor of Lucknow University. The Mooknayak team met Roop Rekha Verma to talk about the current relevance of the message in the pamphlets seen being given in the viral video. Here are some from the interview.

People united and defeated the British

Verma said, “Many organizations and institutions are organizing a variety of programs for the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence. In this vein, we also organized a programme on July 5, under the campaign “Sajhi Shahadat – Sakshi Virasat”[commemorating shared legacies of martyrdom]. This programme was organized in the Chinhat area of Lucknow city. Where, in 1857, local people had come together to fight against the British after the Nawab of Awadh was taken, prisoner. The British were defeated. The purpose of the programme was to give a message to the people to come together to end the prevailing religious tensions. While I was out on the road distributing the pamphlets with this message, a friend of mine shot this video and put it on social media and it went viral.”

Stay away from the game of hate

She further says, “The public should understand the game behind the communal mood that has been created by political parties. Stay away from hate games. Just as the people from all communities and castes fought together against the British in the war of 1857. We have to fight a similar battle today against this atmosphere of communalism.”

The government is not formed for promoting religion

“In a democracy, the government is not formed for the sake of religion. The government is formed for the people and works for their betterment. Today people are being divided into the lines of religion. So that ordinary people do not talk about the growing cost of living, unemployment, and the poor condition of medical and health services. The purpose of this entire campaign is to establish religious harmony among the people,” Verma explained.

यहाँ हिन्दी में भी पढ़ें: ‘साम्प्रदायिक माहौल के खिलाफ प्रथम स्वतंत्रता संग्राम जैसा हो संघर्ष!’ वो महिला जिसने सड़कों पर बांटे 1857 की क्रांति के पर्चे

[Story Translated By Lotika Singha]

Arun Kr Verma
Arun Kr Verma
Journalist, The Mooknayak

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