As India celebrates 75 years of independence, famous Hindi novelist Dr Ajay Sharma has written a drama titled ‘Kitne Gandhi‘ dedicated to ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.’
Throughout the drama’s 64 pages, the writings raise the question that while many freedom fighters dedicated their lives to independence, many were ignored and history awarded only a few.
Through several characters in six scenes, the writer says history needs to be rewritten because there are many missing facts about the freedom movement. In one of the scenes, a character asks how a single person or a couple of people can obtain the freedom of the country. “Why is the name of the only mahatma mentioned everywhere when there were several others who faced the bullets of the British? Several freedom fighters who were hanged at a young age barely find a mention in the history books, the writer says.
Dr. Sharma, who has written 14 novels and six dramas, says that he (Mahatama) had pulled out several moves thrown by him when those moves were quite intensive. He added that the hanging of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev and said they could have been saved from the gallows if Mahatma Gandhi had taken up the matter with the British in a firm manner.
Elaborating on the plot, Dr. Sharma says the characters highlight the struggles of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Dr. BR Ambedkar, and several other unsung heroes whose contribution could not be undermined in front of a single character. “Freedom doesn’t just mean Gandhi and Congress. How many of us know the names of all those who were sent to prisons (Kala Pani) infested with mosquitoes and leeches,” the writer says while speaking to The Indian Express. He added that if people can question the characters of ‘Ramayan’ and ‘Mahabharat’ then why not the Gandhi family.