Bhopal, July 6 (ANI): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Saturday remembered the unforgettable contributions of Jana Sangh ideologue Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee on the auspicious occasion of his 113th birth anniversary, and said that the latter sacrificed his life for the integrity and unity of the country.
"Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was one such leader of our country, who surrendered his whole life for 'Rashtradevta'. He was highly intellect. So, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru had included him in his Cabinet with full honours. His commitment for the nation was exceptional," said Chauhan.
"So, when he felt that the Congress is not taking the country in the right direction then he formed the Bharatiya Jan Sangh based on Indian values and principles. He sacrificed his life for the integrity and unity of the country," he added.
The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister further lauded Dr. Mukherjee for his perception on the Kashmir issue.
Dr. Mukherjee served as Minister for Industry and Supply in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet. After falling out with Nehru, he quit the Indian National Congress party and founded Nationalist Bharatiya Jana Sangh party in 1951.
He was a political leader who felt the need to counteract the communalist and separatist Muslim League of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who were demanding either exaggerated Muslim rights or a Muslim state of Pakistan.
Dr. Mukherjee adopted causes to protect Hindus against what he believed to be the communal propaganda and the divisive agenda of the Muslim League. He and his future followers would always cite inherent Hindu practices of tolerance and communal respect as the reason for a healthy, prosperous and safe Muslim population in the country in the first place.
His views were strongly affected by the Noakhali genocide in East Bengal, where mobs belonging to the Muslim league massacred Hindus in large numbers.Dr. Mukherjee was initially a strong opponent of the Partition of India. But following the communal riots of 1946-47, he strongly disfavored Hindus continuing to live in a Muslim-dominated state and under a government controlled by the Muslim League. (ANI)