Hatred For Gandhi: A Fundamental Element Of Hindutva Discourse

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By Shamsul Islam

Recently, BJP President Amit Shah was in Chattisgarh to speak to “eminent persons” for strengthening BJP in the state where assembly elections are due in 2018. While philosophising on the irrelevance of Congress, belittling its rule in the freedom struggle, he went to discuss Gandhi. According to him Gandhi, to quote original words of his in Hindi, “bahut chatur baniya tha woh”.[i]Its English translation would be, “he was a very clever baniya (merchant or moneylender)”.These words for Gandhi make one thing clear that Shah was treating Gandhi not as a leader of the composite Indian nation on whose calls Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and others came out in millions to oppose the foreign rulers; thousands of them laying down their lives for the freedom.

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Vol. 12 - No. 3


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