"people disrespect historical personalities because of the bad things that people are saying/doing in their name today."
he was speaking in the context of what happens quite regularly here in india - ever so often, we hear of riots because people somewhere wanted to take revenge because someone did something to the statue of someone who died 100 years ago.(note the alliteration!!!)
neither my bro nor i claim that the above statement is 100% true, but it does fit a majority of all such cases, imho.
case in point: why do people disrespect dr ambedkar or shivaji every once in a while, but we never hear about people disrespecting say gandhiji or bhagat singh???