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9 months ago

Which famous person in history who is idolized, was actually a horrible person?

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Albert Einstein was a creep in real life. But he's idolized so much.

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Adolf Hitler is the answer! He started to World War 2 and more than 100 millions of people have died. Most horrible person in human history.
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Aurangzeb - is idolised in Pakistan.

Aurangzeb, like his predecessors, took a special interest in the destruction of universities and schools, and targeting the intelligentsia (teachers, monks and brahmins) in massacres, and was responsible for the killing of millions of Hindus. (And I am not going into the terrible things that he did, so as to not digress from the question.)
And Aurangzeb, while some say, was a dovout Muslim, staunchly adhered to the principles of Sunni Islam, . And while you may not like it, (in addition to what has already been mentioned above) he did kill between 4 - 5 million Hindus (on an average 80,000 - 100,000 Hindus a year, in his 50 odd year rule), banned the population from celebrating Diwali, re-introduced the Jazia, destroyed hundreds of temples (and sometimes built mosques on their foundations, using the stones from the destroyed temple).
Aurangzeb, for is celebrated for just that - a mighty Muslim emperor, who (upholding the true tenets of his faith) brutally subjugated, killed, mutilated and raped the Hindustanid and raised the flag of Islam in the subcontinent (and I say subcontinent, because Aurangzeb is a major hero in Pakistan).

Adopting Aurangzeb as a model is hardly a good policy as it blocks the process of enlightenment and progress. Our society needs a policy of tolerance and pluralism, not a culture of intolerance and extremism. Nations make mistakes when they do not study history in its true perspective.


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History has been so much distorted from the ancient times that the same person is a hero for one community and a killer for another one. And actually if we see most of our written history is nothing but an opinion of a very influential person.

So, napolean might be a great and successful warrior but in the eyes of the people of the nations he conquered, he was no more less than the ruthless Genghis Khan. On similar lines, british prime minister Winston Churchill might be a hero for his nation, he is a merci-less killer for the Indians for diverting the survival resources and causing the great famine of bengal.

I also think that we all have some gray areas in our personality. It's just that the famous people are exposed and live a "glass" life, we come to know about their other side.

For some of us, even Elon Musk would appear to be a horrible person to accuse one of the thai cave rescue mission hero as "Pedophile".



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Gengis Khan.. i don't idolize anyone but am simply amazed at what a single man's vision, perseverance and wits can do!!! the mongols had the largest kingdom on the planet...
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Christopher Columbus, he's credited for finding the americas, yet the was horrible to the native americans who were already inhabiting the area.
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Ty Cobb, amazing baseball player, horrible person haha.
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Thomas Edison
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The Madici
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Karl marx
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