Yogendra Yadav’s Grandfather Was Murdered By A Mob. Watch Him Share What His Father Did (Video)
The story holds many lessons for us.
“Please show me one clipping… please show me one record, and I will not only withdraw from elections, but I will also withdraw from public life forever.”
Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav threw this challenge at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) social media cell head Amit Malviya on an India Today news show. Malviya had, on Rajdeep Sardesai’s show, attempted to “fix the narrative” and illustrate how Yadav too engaged in communal politics.
.@_YogendraYadav shares the tragic story of his grandfather's murder, challenges @amitmalviya to produce any proof that shows him playing caste politics
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He said, “I heard Yogendra Yadav give a very sanctimonious lecture on polarising. I remember in April 2014 when he was the candidate from Gurgaon from the Aam Aadmi Party — from which he has now been ousted — there was a story that started doing the rounds, saying, ‘Yogendra Yadav is also known as Salim’.”
He further added, “It was something that came as part of the narrative when he was contesting this election and presumably because there are some pockets of Muslim population in Gurgaon. So, you know, I don’t want lectures from Yogendra Yadav on polarisation. I don’t want lectures from him on Hindu-Muslim.”
Yadav’s rebuttal to Malviya’s insidious allegation came with a story about his grandfather. His grandfather, who was a school headmaster, was killed trying to stop a Muslim mob from entering the school. His father was seven years old then.
“For your record Mr Malviya, the fact is my grandfather — I don’t know how much you have suffered from communal conflict — my dadaji, my grandfather, Ram Singh Jee was murdered by a Muslim mob in the presence of my father,” said Yadav, adding, “Those were the days of Mahatma Gandhi. It changed my father. He could have become a person like you; he could have become someone who shouts like you in the name of Hindus, Hindus, Hindus. He was a disciple of Gandhi. It transformed his heart. He decided to give every one of his children a Muslim name.”
He further added, “Now I do not think it is possible for someone like you to appreciate — in any other country someone would have written novels about it — that child who saw his father being murdered actually decided to name his children after the names of the persons from the community who murdered him. This is who I am. I do not take any credit for that. Credit must be given to my father, who is 90 plus now.”
“This is the story, Mr Malviya. I do not know if people like you are capable of understanding human sensitivity of this kind,” said Yadav, reiterating his challenge, adding, “Otherwise, please shut up.”