Sunday, June 29, 2014

India To Observe "Saheed Ganapathy Day"- 15th May.


Ganapathy In Pudu Prison
British owned Calcutta Statesman conceded the execution was "draconian punishment" and that death sentence for carrying arms should be tempered in particular by tact and leniency. The paper added that in interest of Indo-British goodwill, Malayan authorities responsible "for this ill-timed, unstates manlike handling of affair - which from the nature necessarily had international significance- should be removed by Whitehall"

Kala Venkatarao, the General Secretary of Indian National Congress(Jan 1949 to Sept.1951) compared Ganapathy's prosecution with that of Cardinal Mindszenty, who spend twenty three years in prison under the Communist Government of Hungary before freed in the Hungarian Revolution in 1956.
Gen.Sec of Congress - Kala Venkata Rao

Indian Daily Mail in Singapore dated 9th May 1949, carried news on public outcry in India over execution of Ganapathy.

Nagpur Socialist Party would declare 15th May as "Saheed Ganapathy Day".

In the same news reported the British owned newspaper "Calcutta Statesman", wanted the responsible authorities in Malaya who mishandle this case to be removed.

India To Observe 'Ganapathy Day' On May 15?

Nagpur Socialists' Move

(From Our Correspondence)

Madras, May 8 - Sunday, May 15 will be observed as "Saheed (Martyr) Ganapathy Day" by the Nagpur Socialist Party, Secretary Suresh Gangga in an appeal states that execution of Ganapathy and the shooting of P.Veerasenan by the Malaya authorities compelled realisation that the life of an Indian was very cheap in the eyes of foreigners. He urged public opinion must be mobilised to impress on the foreign countries in general and the Government of India in particular that Indians will not tolerate any such further incidents. There is considerable support throughout the rest of India to observe May 15 in this manner.

Pandit Nehru has been urged to take up the issues by the Congress Secretary Kala Venkatarao who compared Ganapathy's prosecution with that of Cardinal Mindszenty by the Communist Government of Hungary. Nehru's attention was drawn to Ganapathy's execution immediately on his return to Bombay from Britain and he has assured to take up this issue after studying the question.

Public opinion here has been (not clear)..by British attempts put the blame on the Sultan of Selangor and paper throughout India published Ganapathy's picture with (not clear)..condemnation of the summary execution. Even the British owned Calcutta Statesman conceded the execution was "draconian punishment" and that death sentence for carrying arms should be tempered in particular by tact and leniency. The paper added that in interest of Indo-Britsih goodwill, Malayan authorities responsible "for this ill-timed, unstatesmanlike handling of affair - which from the nature necessarily had international significance- should be removed by Whitehall-Copyright

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