Idealism has gone through a make-over, emerging from the green room of contemporary political fashion in the shape and style of a ‘no-nonsense’ realism. Honesty, frankness, are of course the ‘nonsense’ that has been peeled off. This ‘realism’ sees human thought as a redundancy, human conscience a distraction. Truth — Gandhi’s obsession — is assailed […]
Given the inescapability of deep religious diversity, he argued, “the need of the moment is not one religion for the whole of human kind, but mutual respect, equal regard and tolerance of the devotees of different religions.” This moral-practical attitude of equal regard for all religions is entailed by an epistemic grasp of the deeper, […]
Without directly naming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress chief told a gathering of party leaders and workers at Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, that “the Mahatma’s soul would be pained by what has been happening in India in the last few years.”
The Congress’ response to what it called the “BJP’s attempt at appropriating Gandhi” has been too varied: from attacking the RSS as being ‘responsible’ for Gandhiji’s assassination to quoting Sardar Patel’s decision to ban the organisation after the Mahatma’s death in 1948.
Not to be outdone, the BJP-led government in Maharashtra too has drawn out elaborate plans for Tuesday. After paying his respects at Sevagram, Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar will unveil an electrically powered ‘charkha’ (spinning wheel) at a community hall that the State government is building under the Sevagram Development Plan.
A YouTube video titled “RSS People Killed Gandhiji : Rahul Gandhi in Bhiwandi” was posted along with the tweet. In the video Mr. Gandhi is seen saying: “ RSS ki logon ne Gandhiji ko goli mari. Aur aaj unke log Gandhiji ke bath karte hain. Sardar Patel Congress party ki net ate. Unhon ne RSS […]
“The guiding light whose inspiration got Dr King to India was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Mahatma, the Great Soul. On Wednesday, we observe his 150th birth anniversary. Gandhi Ji, or Bapu, continues to give courage to millions globally,” Mr. Modi writes in the piece titled Why India and the World Need Gandhi.
The affidavit in 2014 had also said that “it is again proved beyond a shadow of doubt that RSS has been consistently pursuing a majoritarian agenda and attaches utmost importance to the propagation of its own self-proclaimed version of Hindu culture and its own self-proclaimed version of Hindu nationalism”.
The Congress’s communication chief, Randeep Surjewala, said, “This is Rahul Gandhi’s and the Congress’s battle against the divisive ideology of the RSS-BJP combine, that is trying to divide India on the basis of religion and caste. It will strengthen and energise all secular forces in this country.”
Accused in the Supreme Court of double-talk and maligning the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) wherever elections are held and minority votes are to be had, Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday refused an RSS activist’s offer that his remarks at the 2014 Bhiwandi poll speech would be forgiven provided he made a “clear statement” […]