Left Menu
Development News Edition

Anand Mahindra condemns Taliban militia's acts in Afghanistan, lauds Mahatma Gandhi's legacy

Devdiscourse News Desk | Mumbai | Updated: 17-05-2019 19:50 IST | Created: 17-05-2019 19:24 IST
Anand Mahindra condemns Taliban militia's acts in Afghanistan, lauds Mahatma Gandhi's legacy
"For 75 years, Indias been the land of the Mahatma; a beacon when the world lost its morality," said Anand Mahindra. Image Credit: Wikipedia

On Friday, the renowned 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 comments in a tweet come amid a controversy stoked by BJP's Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur, a terror accused, praising Gandhi's killer Nathuram Godse as a patriot.

"For 75 years, Indias been the land of the Mahatma; a beacon when the world lost its morality. We used to be pitied for being poor but we were always rich since Bapu inspired billions globally," the outspoken industrialist, who chairs the diversified USD 20 billion group, said. "Some things must remain sacred. Or we become the Taliban, destroying statues that sustain us," he said, 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 Thursday 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 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.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Rethinking Rural Livelihoods in the Times of COVID-19

The reverse migration caused by COVID 19 pandemic has put an additional burden of about one crore people on Indian villages particularly in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Bengal and Odisha. Besides increasing the risk of spreading the ...

‘Discounted Deaths’ and COVID 19: Anthropology of Death and Emotions

Death is a social event rather than the mere cessation of biological functions. As seen by anthropologists, death is not just physical but intensely social, cultural, and political....

Indigenous knowledge of communities a must for maximizing impact of community work

Generally, it has been observed that the majority of the academicians in higher education institutions neglect the wisdom of community people and throw their weight around thinking that they know everything and the community knows nothing. ...

In rebuking FBR, Pakistan’s courts take a stand for public health

The system, if implemented effectively, will allow Pakistans revenue service to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products and potentially add hundreds of millions of dollars to the states budget each year. ...

Videos

Latest News

2,940 new coronavirus patients reported in Maharashtra alongwith 99 deaths on Saturday; case count reaches 65,168 and death toll 2,197: health department.

2,940 new coronavirus patients reported in Maharashtra alongwith 99 deaths on Saturday case count reaches 65,168 and death toll 2,197 health department....

Ravi Shankar Prasad launches India's national Artificial Intelligence Portal

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the second tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, Union Minister for Electronics and IT, Law and Justice and Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday launched Indias national...

284 new coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad, 24 deaths

The total number of coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad district rose to 11,881 and death toll rose to 822, as 284 new COVID-19 patients and 24 fatalities were reported on Saturday, the state health department said. Out of 27 coronavirus deaths ...

Anand lands in India after being stuck in Germany for over three months

Five-time world chess champion Viswanathan Anand finally returned to India on Saturday after being stuck in Germany for over three months due to the travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chennai-based chess m...

Give Feedback