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‘New India was born the day Gandhi was assassinated’

Speaking his mind: Tushar Gandhi (centre) with MES president P.A. Fazal Gafoor and general secretary P.O.J. Lebha at a programme in Kozhikode on Tuesday.

Speaking his mind: Tushar Gandhi (centre) with MES president P.A. Fazal Gafoor and general secretary P.O.J. Lebha at a programme in Kozhikode on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: S_RAMESHKURUP

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Younger generation should revive ‘old India’ before it reaches the point of no return, says Tushar Gandhi

Tushar Gandhi, the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, castigated the concept of ‘New India’, which he said was in sharp contrast to Gandhi’s vision of India.

Delivering the first of a series of lectures at Gandhi Smrithi, the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi organised by the Muslim Education Society in Kozhikode on Tuesday, he said the New India was afraid of the memories of a “now retired Father of the Nation” as it realised that the idea of Gandhi was greater than the person himself.

“There is nothing about Gandhi in this New India. The rich are unbelievably rich, while poverty is also unimaginable. Every institution of democracy has been destroyed. The people have been robbed of their freedom of expression,” he said, alleging that the new ‘Angrez’ were pretending to be patriots while enslaving the country once again.

Condemning the glorification of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar Mr. Gandhi said: “We are tarnishing the memory of brave freedom fighters when we call Savarkar ‘Veer’. Veer is someone like Bhagat Singh who never bowed down to the British and hundreds of others who died fighting.”

He refused to call Gandhi ‘Mahatma. “Gandhi was an ordinary person. What made him great was that he realised his weaknesses and accepted his faults. He determinedly overcame his weaknesses and made amends for his mistakes,” Tushar Gandhi said and urged the younger generation to explore Gandhi or Nehru or Patel within themselves.

Expressing apprehension about the deteriorating secular fabric of the country, Mr. Gandhi said tolerance was dangerous as a pressure cooker. After a limit, it will blow up and cause a big tragedy. “We must not be tolerant but understand that no two individuals are similar,” he added. Observing that the New India was born the day Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, he said there was nothing wrong with the old India and called upon the younger generation to revive it before it reached the point of no return.

Mr. Gandhi gave away copies of his book Let’s Kill Gandhi to MES officials. MES president P.A. Fazal Gafoor presided over the event.

The other lectures in the series will be held at Perinthalmanna, Kuttippuram, Ernakulam, and Kollam in the next four days.

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