We cannot let our students learn that Akbar was great : Indresh Kumar (RSS Thinker)

India Israel Friendship Forum
“We cannot let our students learn that Akbar was great. The Mughals never
respected Indian values. Tell me how many Muslim invaders constructed
educational institutions or hospitals for treatment of ailing people? Muslim
invaders wanted to keep Indians illiterate so that they could serve as their slaves.
No country in the world teaches its students about the atrocities they faced at the
hands of foreign invaders.” —- Indresh Kumar

India Israel Friendship Forum (IIFF) and Forum for National Awareness (FANS)
started the centenary year celebrations to mark the victory of Haifa port, in Israel, by
barely armed Indian horse ridden cavalry soldiers from the Ottoman Turks today at the
Teen Murti Haifa Chowk. Haifa holds significance to both India and Israel history
books as hundreds of barely armed Indian soldiers – part of the Allied forces during the
First World War– sacrificed their lives to liberate the city on September 23, 1918. The
Haifa victory marked the end of 400 years of occupation by the Ottoman Turks.
The celebrations began with paying tributes to the Indian soldiers by Gen VK Singh,
minister for External Affairs, Minister of state for Power RK Singh, Minister state for
Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, International joint coordinator of Hindu Swayamsevak
Sangh Ravi Kumar, RSS national executive member Indresh Kumar and president of
FANS Air Marshal RC Bajpai, Rajasthan Minority Commission Chairman Jasbeer
Singh and president of IIFF Gen RN Singh and general secretary of IIFF Prof Shivaji
Sarkar. Later they joined a seminar at Nehru Memorial Museum, and Library, which is
a partner in the celebrations. The programme would mark the beginning of the
celebration in India and Israel at a grand scale. Delegations from the two countries are
to visit each other to jointly celebrate the occasion and open up a new chapter in
relations with Israel and the world. It may be recalled Indian soldiers have made
significant contributions to establish world peace and liberate the oppressed.
The programme began with Vande Mataram, playing of national band and march past
by NCC cadets who came from schools all over Delhi. It was followed a special lamp
lighting ceremenony to decorate the Teen Murti Chowk
RSS National Executive Member Indresh Kumar said that he wants to see Indians
love every citizen and the land. India wanted peace and that there should be no need for
another Haifa-type operation in the current scenario, either with Pakistan, China or
Myanmar’s Rohingyas. Indresh Kumar also called for boycott of Chinese products
during religious festivals while saying China will have to retreat from Doklam as it has
no other option. He referred to China’s expansionist designs and said that Beijing
threatened war after its troops failed to enter Doklam following swift movement by the
armies of Bhutan and India. Kumar equated Chinese threats to that of a servant, who
repeatedly warns his employer over pay hike and finally agrees to continue working on
same salary. He said that the present government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has
shown that it is a nationalist government. Kumar added that China failed to realise that
there has been change of leadership. “In 1954, we had an agreement with China on the
basis of Panchsheel and when it came to an end in 1962, China attacked us and annexed
Tibet and killed 12 lakh Tibetans during mass uprising there. It even got crushed under
tanks its three lakh students demanding democracy at Tiananmen Square,” he said.
“India became victim of the misconception that China will abide by friendship and the
peace pact.” RSS leader said that China couldn’t be trusted. He said that India has
opened fronts with Pakistan and “cards with China”. “India has warned Pakistan by
destroying terror camps during an operation in which 32 terrorists and their six trainers
were killed without any casualty on own side”. RSS leader also accused India’s first
prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru of being “short-sighted” and “contributing
immensely” to the Kashmir issue. “There is no record whatsoever in our parliamentary
history that Nehru consulted his cabinet before going to the United Nations with the
issue,” he said. RSS leader said, “we cannot let our students learn that Akbar was great.
The Mughals never respected Indian values. Tell me how many Muslim invaders
constructed educational institutions or hospitals for treatment of ailing people? Muslim
invaders wanted to keep Indians illiterate so that they could serve as their slaves. No
country in the world teaches its students about the atrocities they faced at the hands of
foreign invaders.”
Minister of state for External Affairs Gen. V.K. Singh said that the action of the
Indian troops has been vividly recorded in the Official History of the War-Military
operation Egypt and Palestine (volume 2). No more remarkable cavalry action of its
scale was fought in the whole course of the campaign. Machine gun bullets over and
over again failed to stop the galloping horses even though many of them succumbed
afterwards to their injuries. Gen. Singh emphasized that this remains the only known
incident in military history when a horse-ridden cavalry on the gallop captured a
fortified town. Gen VK Singh extolling the velour of Indian soldiers said that they had
the capacity to fight in the most adverse circumstances. They are the most disciplined
and for just cause sacrifice their lives. He also narrated how Indian defence forces along
with the ministry of external affairs conducted massive rescue of the people of 26
countries during the Yemen, Syria and other disturbing situations in the West Asia.
Singh said that India is the goodwill ambassador for the world and Haifa marks the
efforts to establish close relationship with Israel and other West Asian countries. Maj.
Gen. VK Singh praised the army in honour of the nation. “History proves, that India
has always helped the countries, whenever they have asked for support. Indians are
genetically brave from within. But it is a matter of concern that people forget the
martyrs”, he said. With efforts of the Indian Ambassador in Israel, the first Haifa day
was marked in the year 2010. Gen. Singh said that there are plans for the formation of
the memorial of war heroes, which is expected to be completed soon.
Minister of state for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir said, during the battle for Haifa
in September 1918, the Indian troops exhibited exemplary cavalry skills and bravery in
a successful cavalry charge which finally culminated in the liberation of Haifa. The
minister said India is committed to take on the demon of terrorism head on; and
expressed concern over illicit funds being generated from the sale of drugs to finance
terror activities. Ahir said the problem of narco-terrorism is assuming gigantic
proportions. Illicit funds being generated from the sale of drugs are being utilised for
funding terrorist activities and illegal arms trade, he said. About the presence of
Rohingya Muslims, he said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had already given
instructions to identify all these Rohingya to see to it that they did not disturb peace.
Hansraj said, PM Modi is the first prime` minister of india to visit the haifa memorial
in Israel. India has been practicing the custom of helping the countries, whenever they
have asked for support. Haifa is a concrete example of this. India supported in the
formation of Bangladesh and Atal Behari Bajpayee compared Indira Gandhi to goddess
Durga. Rajiv Gandhi helped Sri Lanka, but unfortunately had to sacrifice his life for
this. Recently, we helped Tibet on the Doklam issue. Immediately after 6 months of
formation of Bangladesh, it tried to claim Assam as its territory. This was sad. Till date
Bangladesh has a negative approach towards India. Bangladesh needs to realise the role
of India in its formation rather than promoting terrorism against india. 30 LAKH people
lost their lives in the massacre. We are already fighting with Pakistan against terrorism.
Atal ji ensured that, the Kargil war remains limited to Kargil and not become an IndoPak
war. Bangladesh should take lessons from India.
Minister of state (independent charge) R.K. Singh said “I am deeply honored to
stand here today to salute the valiant Indian soldiers who laid down their lives for the
liberation of Haifa during WW-I.” He recalled how the Indian troops exhibited
exemplary cavalry skills and bravery in a successful cavalry charge that finally
culminated in the liberation of Haifa.
Shri Ravi Kumar, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) and writer of the book on
Haifa, “Indian Heroism In Israel” who is also an advisor to Indo Israel Friendship
Forum, highlighted many contributions of Jewes in India. He shared how Jews suffered
discrimination almost everywhere but in India. The minister said that Jews had to face
discrimination in various countries including the UK, Russia, Germany and Italy, but
they never faced it in India. Jews in India have flourished since the time they migrated
and they are on senior positions.
Air Marshal RC Bajpai quoted a few rare books on war history to make his point that
Indian soldiers irrespective of caste and religion are the best and most dependable. He
also remembered Captain Aman Singh Bahadur and Dafadar Jor Singh, who were
awarded the Indian Order of Merit and Captain Anop Singh and 2nd Lt. Sagat Singh
were awarded the Military Cross in recognition of their bravery in this battle. Major
Dalpat Singh was awarded a military cross for his bravery.
Parvesh Khanna, National General Secretory FANS gave vote of thanks. He noted
in his speech that the soldiers fought valiantly for the British while they were engaged
in a struggle against the British for independence. FANS President Air Marshal (Retd)
RC Bajpai, National General Secretaries Sarla Singh and Parvesh Khanna were present
at the occasion. The media were in attendance in large number befitting the occasion
and gave very wide coverage in print and electronic media.
Every year, September 23 is celebrated as Haifa Victory Day in India and Israel as a
mark of respect to the soldiers who lost their lives in the battle and to mark the end to
400 years of the Turkish control over the city. Forum for Awareness of National
Security (FANS), like previous years, celebrated Haifa Day with a seminar on ”
Significance of Indo-Israel friendship”. This is in commemoration of the supreme
sacrifice of more than 900 Brave Indian Soldiers who laid down their lives for liberating
the Palestinian Port of Haifa from Ottoman Empire of Turkey during World War I on
September 23, 1918. They were from the Lancers of Maharajas of Jodhpur, Mysore and
Nizam of Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, barely three months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Israel
and saluted the Indian soldiers who laid down their lives protecting the Israeli city of
Haifa during World War I from the Ottoman Empire forces. He said their sacrifice was
a mark of the enduring bond between the two nations. Mr. Modi visited the Indian
cemetery in Haifa along with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on the last
day of his visit to Israel and laid wreaths at the site. Together in homage to the fallen
brave, both PM Narendra Modi & Netanyahu presented wreaths at Haifa. He also
unveiled a plaque commemorating Major Dalpat Singh, known as the ‘Hero of Haifa’
for his critical role in the liberation of the city. PM Modi wrote in the guest book. “The
exceptional bravery and supreme sacrifice of Major Thakur Dalpat Singh MC, the
‘Hero of Haifa’ and his men, will be remembered and continue to inspire generations
to come. Next year, the centenary of the battle of Haifa will present another opportunity
to mark this enduring bond between India and Israel.”

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