Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Smearing of Gandhi

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Smearing of Gandhi

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THE SMEARING OF GANDHI

The Indian nation conferred the title "Mahatama" (the Great One) on Mohandas K. Gandhi, who was at the forefront of the Indian independence movement and who had among his disciples men like Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister, whose daughter and grandson both were serving as prime ministers when they were assassinated.

Both Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru from time to time espoused secularist views, and both were sometimes concerned about the plight of minority Muslims. Gandhi at one point said: "The claim of the Hindus that India has become a land of the Hindus is totally incorrect. This land belongs to all who live here."

Whether this was sheer political expediency or the voicing of real conviction, it apparently did not sit well with the right-wing Hindus who now make up the rank-and-file of the ruling BJP. In fact it was a BJP leader, Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Gandhi for such utterances soon after partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947. …

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