Lucknow, 13 September: The educational-social change dreamed of by Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, the forgotten ‘Jat icon’ in the pages of Indian history, has come to be fulfilled as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone in the name of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh on Tuesday.
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in which he donated the land may not have given him respect, but now the university is going to be established in the same Aligarh in the name of ‘Hero of Jatland’.
The descendants of Raja Mahendra Pratap will have a dignified presence on this special occasion. Along with this, the resolution of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, taken on September 14 , 2019, will also be fulfilled, in which he had promised to give due respect to Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, who was neglected due to the politics of appeasement.
A spokesman of the state government said that Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh had donated his property for the establishment of the AMU. Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh did not find any place in the history of that Aligarh Muslim University. The facts given on the Website of the AMU also mention the contribution of Syed Ahmed Khan, but there is no mention of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh, who donated a large part of the land for the university.
Describing the need to rectify this mistake of history, Chief Minister Yogi had resolved to bring back his glory to Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh. Yogi had announced the establishment of a university in the name of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh in Aligarh district.
According to Chief Minister Yogi ‘Raja Mahendra Pratap donated his entire property but justice was not done to him. They were forgotten.
AMU forgets King Mahendra, BHU remembers Kashi Naresh
Comparing the ‘brick of foundation’ of the two big universities of the country, in the establishment of AMU and Banaras Hindu University (BHU), both the regional kings donated the land, but the founder of the Aligarh Muslim University, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had forgotten the king who donated the land for the varsity while Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya always kept the contribution of Kashi Naresh on his head.
Fought the freedom struggle, an interim Indian government was formed in Afghanistan
The famous historian Irfan Habib has written that “King Mahendra Pratap Singh opposed the British government. He went to Afghanistan in the year 1914 during the First World War. In 1915, he formed the first government-in-exile of Independent India. Later, Subhas Chandra Bose formed the Azad Hind government in Singapore like him after 28 years. At one point he was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.