New Delhi: Hitting out at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday stated that the slogan of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai‘ is being misused to construct a ‘militant and purely emotional’ idea of India, excluding millions of residents and citizens. Notably, Singh made the controversial remark while speaking at the launch of a book on Jawaharlal Nehru’s works and speeches — ‘Who is Bharat Mata’ authored by Purushottam Agrawal and Radha Krishna. Also Read - ‘Central Govt Not Taking Enough Measures to Tackle Economic Slowdown,’ Says Manmohan Singh

Speaking at the event, Singh lauded Pandit Nehru saying that if India is recognised in the comity of nations as a vibrant democracy and, if it is considered as one of the important world powers, it was the first prime minister, who should be recognised as its main architect.

“With an inimitable style, and a multi-linguist, Nehru laid the foundation of the universities, academies and cultural institutions of Modern India. But for Nehru’s leadership, independent India would not have become what it is today. But unfortunately, a section of people who either do not have the patience to read history or would like to be deliberately guided by their prejudices, try their best to picture Nehru in a false light. But I am sure, history has a capacity to reject fake and false insinuations and put everything in proper perspective,” news agency PTI quoted the former Prme Minister as saying.

Later Singh, widely quoted Nehru, and asserted that the first PM had asked, “Who is this Bharat Mata?, whose victory you wish?”

“The mountains and rivers, forests and fields are of course dear to everyone, but what counted ultimately is the people of India… spread out all over vast land,” Manmohan Singh quoted Nehru as saying.

This is not the first time Manmohan has attacked the ruling party. Earlier, he had launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led NDA government over the country’s economic situation, saying the Narendra Modi government does not acknowledge the word ‘slowdown’.

He had taken an apparent jibe at the Modi government over the state of the economy and had claimed that if the problems are not identified today, there will be very little chance of finding credible answers.