Tushar Gandhi seeks to clear many ‘misconceptions’ about Mahatma
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 20 Mar 2017 10:27:41|
THE nation did not get independence as gift from the British Government. Freedom was in fact the result of long struggle by many people. However, in the present scenario, people who merely identified themselves as patriotic but contributed very little to the movement and enjoying most benefits. stated Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and the author of book ‘Let’s Kill Gandhi’.
Addressing a gathering during his lecture on ‘Gandhi: Yesterday, today and tomorrow’ organised by Akhil Bhartiya Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, Wardha, at the local crematorium as part of ‘Holikostav’ recently, Tushar Gandhi flayed those who are hypocratic in admiring Mahatma Gandhi only when need be.
Avinash Dudhe, founder of Aamhi Sare Foundation, Atul Tarale, Civic Chief, Parag Pote, chief of LCB, Wardha, Sanjay Ingle Tigaonkar, State Advisor of AIANS, Harish Ithape, district president, Prof. Suchita Thakare, executive president, Pankaj Wanjare, organizer and Nilesh Gulhane, secretary were seated on the dais. Avinash Dudhe introduced the guests to the gathering. Sanjay Ingle Tigaonkar made introductory marks.
Tushar Gandhi attempted to clear many ‘misconceptions’ regarding the murder of Mahatma Gandhi - one that it was an outcome of partition. “Gandhi had to face threat on his life 7 times since 1934. However, there was no plan of partition in those years. He had led agitations demanding permission of using public wells in villages for harijans and entry to untouchables in temples in those period. During the stay of Gandhi at Sevagram, he protested against partition and was leaving from there to meet Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Even at that time, Mahatma Gandhi was attacked near Pachgani. The role of Nathuram Godse was witnessed in 5 out of 7 attack cases against the great leader,Tushar Gandhi said.
He also explained relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and about their interaction on reservation, inter-caste marriage system. And also about Mahatma’s relationship with Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who was give the prefix ‘Netaji’ by Gandhi and who later called Mahatma Gandhi ‘Rashtrapita’. Mahatma had asked British Government not to hang Bhagat Singh saying that such patriotic youngsters were the need of the hour to ignite the flames of freedom in the country, Tushar Gandhi told.
Prof Kiran Shendre conducted the proceedings while Ravi Punse proposed a vote of thanks. The programme was well attended by members of social organisations.