Mahatma Gandhi’s Legacy Is ‘Sacred To Us, Says Anand Mahindra
Industrialist Anand Mahindra said Mahatma Gandhi's legacy is “sacred” to us, and equated attempts to damage the same with the Taliban militia's acts of destroying statues in Afghanistan.
Mahindra’s tweet comes amid a controversy stoked by Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur, a terror accused, praising Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse as a patriot.
The outspoken industrialist, who chairs the diversified $20 billion group, tweeted.
He tweeted without naming Pragya or referring explicitly to her comments.
The tweet was retweeted by over 6,000 users in a matter of hours, including by NITI Aayog chief executive Amitabh Kant.
During an election rally in Madhya Pradesh, Thakur had said, “Godse was a patriot, is a patriot, and will remain a patriot. Those who call him a terrorist should look within they will get a reply in this election.”
The remarks, a reaction to actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan’s comments calling Godse as the first Hindu extremist, led to a widespread criticism, including from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Thakur, who is facing trial in the Malegaon blast case that killed six people, has apologised for the statement.
Economist Rathin Roy, a member of the Prime Minister’s economic advisory council, questioned if an apology is enough and called on all the political parties to come out against her statements.
“I must speak as a citizen. She abuses martyr Karkare, celebrates the assassin of Gandhi. She is a Lok Sabha Candidate? Politicians from all parties not mobilising to end this? Apology is enough? Your silence is complicity. Act together to save the republic. If you can,” he said on the micro-blogging site.