Withdraw Kangana Ranaut’s Padma Shri: Chorus grows after her “freedom was ‘bheek'” remark

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Actor Kangana Ranaut is facing a severe backlash following her contentious comment on Indian Independence. She described India’s Independence in 1947 as ‘bheek’ or alms. Ranaut further claimed that India attained actual freedom only after 2014, when the Narendra Modi-led government came to power.

Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik on Friday castigated Kangana Ranaut’s statement and said it seems that the Bollywood actor is on a heavy dose of Malana cream, news agency ANI reported.

Leading the charge against the ‘Queen’ actor, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma has termed the remarks “shocking and outrageous” and urged President Ram Nath Kovind to take back the Padma award conferred upon Ranaut.”Kangana Ranaut’s statement heaping insult on the courageous freedom fighters led by Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru and Sardar Patel but also belittling the sacrifices of revolutionaries like Sardar Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekar Azad and several others,” Anand Sharma said in a series of tweets.”Psychiatric evaluation should be carried out before giving such awards so that such persons do not dishonour the nation and its heroes,” he said.

Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda called her remarks “callous”.

Moreover, Hindustani Awam Morcha president Jitan Ram Manjhi, whose party is in alliance with the NDA in Bihar, said all news channels ought to promptly boycott the actor.Tagging the President, Manjhi said, “The Padma Shri conferred upon Kangana Ranaut should be withdrawn forthwith. Else the world will think that Gandhi, Nehru, Patel, Bhagat Singh, Kalam, Mukherjee, Savarkarall had begged to get freedom.”

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