Nizamuddin, known as 'Colonel', was a member of the Subhash Chandra Bose's Azad Hind Fauj during the freedom struggle, but it was only in January that the local administration begin the process to give him the status of a freedom fighter.
The close aide, guard and driver of Netaji, the 107 year old was given overdue recognition due to -- as bizarre coincidences would have it -- the efforts of IAS officer Pranjal Yadav, currently in the eye of a storm for refusing permission for a Modi rally. Yadav initiated the process to award Nizamuddin freedom fighter status and promised it would be done at the earliest.
But today, Nizamuddin is making news not because of his relationship with Bose but with none other Narendra Modi, who honoured him by touching his feet when he came on stage during the Gujarat CM's appearance in Rohaniya, Varanasi, yesterday.
They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and this one certainly did, more so for a leader who has been roundly criticised for his refusal to wear a Muslim skull cap. In one interview, he defended his decision, saying:
"If wearing a cap were to be seen as a symbol of unity, then I never saw Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel or Pt Jawaharlal Nehru wearing such caps… Actually a bad practice of appeasement has crept into Indian politics. My job is to respect all religions and traditions of all. I live my tradition and respect tradition of others. This is why I cannot fool people by posing for photographs wearing a cap."
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Updated Date: May 09, 2014 17:10:32 IST