Friday, October 30, 2020
Home Opinions Why renaming Mughalsarai was long overdue and its totally justified

Why renaming Mughalsarai was long overdue and its totally justified

Also Read

Sanjay Gupta
Sanjay Gupta frequently writes on the civilizational and cross-cultural issues. His interests include the comparative study of various cultural and social phenomena and their evolution with respect to Indic civilization. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and a Masters from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA. His professional career includes founding several technology and non-technology ventures. https://www.twitter.com/sgatlanta

I am elated at the news of renaming of Mughalsarai as Deendayal Nagar junction. I grew up not far from this place. Not many people know that Deen Dayal Upadhyay died under mysterious circumstances here and his body was found in the railway yard. It is unthinkable in the 24 hour TV news cycle today that the President of a national political party would travel in such obscurity but that was the case just 50 years ago. The story goes that when people gathered around the dead body, nobody could recognize it.  Because of the dress that was on Deen Dayal ji, he was thought of someone from RSS. Then an old RSS hand Kapahi ji was called to recognize his dead body.

Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, a local hero who also belonged to this area had died just a few years ago under similar mysterious circumstances in Tashkent in present day Uzbekistan. Both of these leaders were a challenge to Indira Gandhi and their untimely demise led to Indira’s and communists’ domination of the country that were to follow. Conspiracy theories abounded and knowing how political assassinations were used and are continued to be used by leftists to further their political goals, it is no surprise that people still distrust the conclusions of the inquiry that followed in the wake of both these deaths. This was similar to the death of JFK and MLK in the sixties in USA where conspiracy theories have not subsided and people draw their own conclusions based on their personal predilections.

The demand for renaming the town and the railway junction was made by Jan Sangh and later by BJP but was never taken seriously because of the choke hold of Congress and Socialist parties and their blatant Islamist appeasement policies. Local RSS functionaries including Gurubaksh Kapahi, Jai Prakash Arya and several other people would gather every year on punyatithi to offer floral tribute at the place where Deen Dayal ji’s body was found. There was no monument or even a marker to locate the sacred ground.

Mughalsarai had a reputation as a frontier town because it bordered Bihar. Railway tracks there and the adjoining GT Road were the main transshipment point for cattle smugglers. The train wagons and trucks have to pass through Mughalsarai on their way to abattoirs in West Bengal. Cow slaughter was banned in UP and most of north India but smuggling continued unabated and Mughalsarai was the front line in that fight. It may seem even bizarre to think that socialists today would be for cow protection but the socialists then were different. Prominent socialists like Vinoba Bhave and Jai Prakash Narayan were at the forefront of demanding ban on cow slaughter. BJP/RSS had negligible presence in this area so the agitation and fight was led by peasant castes that form the backbone of Samajwadi Party today. It is ironic that these Samajwadi’s claim to be the inheritors of the legacy of those socialist stalwarts and claim to represent the farmers. These farmers are most affected by cattle smuggling and many treat their livestock as members of their family.

I was part of several picketing activities around those areas in locating bovine shipments in wagons and trucks. We would alert the police and a lot of time police would also be in cahoots with the smugglers. My views on cow slaughter or for that matter any animal slaughter has evolved and I believe that livestock and their life cycle should be managed in a humane but also economically mature way. I feel the wheels of justice has come a full circle. By naming the station in honor of such a worthy individual as Deen Dayal ji, BJP has honored the memory of all those workers who toiled in those depressing times. As I sit here on the other side of the world tens of thousands of miles away and reflect on one of those days in the early eighties, I reminisce about my first visit to the jail cell where my late grandmother was arrested for leading one these agitations on the rail tracks of Mughalsarai, now Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction.

  Support Us  

OpIndia is not rich like the mainstream media. Even a small contribution by you will help us keep running. Consider making a voluntary payment.

Trending now

Sanjay Gupta
Sanjay Gupta frequently writes on the civilizational and cross-cultural issues. His interests include the comparative study of various cultural and social phenomena and their evolution with respect to Indic civilization. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and a Masters from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA. His professional career includes founding several technology and non-technology ventures. https://www.twitter.com/sgatlanta
- Advertisement -

Latest News

The fraud of ‘Islamophobia’

The most fraudulent term in today’s English language is “Islamophobia”. It is an absolute misnomer. Islamic and Left-Liberal groups, in their political correctness, use ‘Islamophobia’ to safe guard and cover up Islamic terrorism only.

Why Nikita Tomars of Secular nations will become BalikaVadhu?

Europe will soon have to start Balika Vadhu and ghunghat within few decades if they wish to survive against jihadis as they are fast approaching a great civil war.

Indian texts are riddled with controversial claims; but only if you deliberately decide to isolate the sayings

Neither birth, nor initiation, no descent, nor bookish knowledge determines a person's merit; only their actual conduct, expressed qualities and virtues determine one's merit. There is no superior caste, claims Shanti Parva.

Hindu girl breaks-up with Muslim boy after he denies French kiss

This incident has created a storm in the social media, with Hindu girls taking the side of Raheem and urging Reshma to return back to him.

Hypocrisy – Thy name is Bollywood

Attacking the messenger ideology has left Bollywood totally exposed in the eye of the common public, damage control would have been better organised by owning up to mistakes made and assuring cooperation with the authorities.

Reports make inaccurate claims of the benefits of raising the legal age for women’s marriage

An SBI Ecowrap report has made several inaccurate claims regarding the potential benefits of raising the legal age of marriage of women.

Recently Popular

BOOK REVIEW – “The Saraswati Civilization: A Paradigm Shift in Ancient Indian History”

General Bakshi intelligently elucidates the contradiction inherent in this fake AIT theory, and quotes the biases of some European and American think-tanks perpetuating the societal divide on basis of caste and race,primarily for denigrating the Indic Civilization as exploitative and hegemonic.

Reports make inaccurate claims of the benefits of raising the legal age for women’s marriage

An SBI Ecowrap report has made several inaccurate claims regarding the potential benefits of raising the legal age of marriage of women.

सामाजिक भेदभाव: कारण और निवारण

भारत में व्याप्त सामाजिक असामानता केवल एक वर्ग विशेष के साथ जिसे कि दलित कहा जाता है के साथ ही व्यापक रूप से प्रभावी है परंतु आर्थिक असमानता को केवल दलितों में ही व्याप्त नहीं माना जा सकता।

American election-result has no bearing on India

As far as India is concerned, any party the American people elect, is the legitimate/deserving party to govern that country. Because, it is the sovereign right of that country’s people to have their say.

The story of Lord Jagannath and Krishna’s heart

But do we really know the significance of this temple and the story behind the incomplete idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Maa Shubhadra?