Will the #FakeGandhis stop misusing the real Gandhi’s legacy and name? Should they be morally condemned as #NameChors?
MV Kamath writing for the Outlook magazine in 2004 quoted what Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar felt and wrote about the assassination of MK Gandhi: “I think good will come out of the death of Mr Gandhi. It will release people from bondage to supermen, it will make them think for themselves and compel them to stand on their own merits.” (1) The reaction of Bhimji was one of rare contentment and optimism at the happening of a politically unfortunate curse on India. Sadly, the only groups that were victimised for the blunder of one man and his small independent coterie were the pro-Hindu ones and largely unrelated with Godse or his compatriots. (2)
The book is now out of print and could be hardly found and definitely cannot be imported into India as it is legally banned. Who fears the truth? Why did the Congress government implement and maintain the ban?
Who were the beneficiaries of the crime of Gandhi’s assassination?
The group that benefited the most from the crime was the Nehru family, the then Congress party led by Nehru, and to this date led by his family. Of course, strictly speaking, the present congress party is not a “grand old” party but a relative newcomer called the Indira Congress that usurped the name of the Indian National Congress. One would hope that the astute observer of the history of modern Indian politics will have gathered these from the facts, if not from the different symbol used by the present-day (Indira) Congress Party, which is supposedly the hand of Devi Parvathy from a Kerala temple. As an aside, please do think what sort of gratitude this family and their party have towards the Hindus in return.
The original symbol of the Gandhi-led Indian National Congress, the real Indian National Congress (INC) is the spinning wheel (rātnam). Even if this can be excused, how can one excuse the usurpation of the family name of somebody who is unrelated to them by blood or marital connections?
No wonder that before the 2014 parliamentary elections, one of the great-grandsons of MK Gandhi explicitly called for Rahul and his family to refrain from misusing his great-grandfather’s name, “Gandhi.” This was broadcast on one of the nationally well-known television channels. (3)
If ever a crime, such as murder, is committed often the person or set of people who benefit the most are considered an automatic suspect or a suspect-abettor and at least cursorily investigated by the police. However, this never appears to have happened in the case of MK Gandhi’s assassination even while the obvious beneficiaries are staring at the face of the nation.
The benefits incurred were not only political power but the virtual dictatorial control of the huge wealth of the then Congress party along with a despotic iron-grip over the entire nation. A great dividend for a small risk of being found out, if ever. Is that the reason the party, while in power, banned a book from an Italian questioning the investigations of the assassination of MK Gandhi? The book is now out of print and could be hardly found and definitely cannot be imported into India as it is legally banned. Who fears the truth? Why did the Congress government implement and maintain the ban? (4)
The man (and the little known NGO, Abhinav Bharat) behind the above exposé is also unravelling further inconsistencies in the Gandhi assassination case. (5) Not only are there uninvestigated possible suspects roaming freely till date but the case itself has records of gaping gaps. From the police records and witness statements to the postmortem reports and the newspaper reports from across India and the globe, different set of papers and documents on record report a different number of sounds of gunshots and number of gunshot wounds and/or bullets recovered. The activist has approached the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court for various issues related to this much-ignored saga, from the petition for the lifting of the ban on the book mentioned above and for the reopening of the investigations on Gandhi’s assassination with specific reference to the many inconsistencies that the activist has discovered. He appears to have submitted those facts to the Courts.
Who was behind Godse and the real brain behind Gandhi’s assassination?
One can partially excuse the national and international media possibly claiming that the inconsistencies arose due to miscommunication of news that must have been transmitted hurriedly via telegrams and wire. However, almost all the media outlets must have had a ground reporter present at the event and technological limitations and miscommunication alone cannot explain the variations, arguably. That said, the inconsistencies within the police, coroner, witness statements or records and the postmortem report appear to have not been investigated, explained and reconciled till date. All of this point to unnecessary haste and possibly serious lapses in the investigation and the placement of blame. (4, 6, 7)
Who would do that and why, especially when the person dead was the father of the nation? Who would be capable of such acts? Think.
Repeat impersonation for political gains?
When the above is the case, now Priyanka Vadra has also started misusing the Gandhi name and his legacy as well:
In the simple dignity of Sabarmati, the truth lives on.
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) March 12, 2019
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
Mahatma Gandhi pic.twitter.com/bxh4cT3Y5O
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) March 12, 2019
By the way, why is she referring to violence? Is she advising her mother’s church and the pope for the continuing and past child rapes and genocides? (8, 9)
Her paternal grandfather’s name was Feroze Jehangir “Gandy” (rhymes with candy and nothing to do with Gāndhi) and her husband’s name is Robert Vadra. Her father, following on the footsteps of her grandmother, had used the surname as Gandhi. The claim is that Feroze Jehangir, the husband of Indira Nehru, reanointed himself as Feroze Gandhi after joining the Congress. What is the evidence for it? The only credible evidence is unreferenced hearsay quoted in the footnote of one of Ramachandra Guha’s books. (10, 11) Even if it were true then that makes Feroze Jehangir a usurper of names for personal gains, which could potentially classify as the crime of fraud and impersonation.
Who was behind Godse and the real brain behind Gandhi’s assassination? Will the #FakeGandhis stop misusing the real Gandhi’s legacy and name? Should they be morally condemned as #NameChors? When will the epithet Satyameve Jayate become a reality in India, from being a mere slogan, or will it remain a pipedream?
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.
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- CNN-News18 (2014) Mahatma’s great grandson asks Rahul not to use Mahatma’s name in polls (Youtube) Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivuvz_iaPFo [Accessed March 13, 2019].
- Abhinav Bharat Available at: http://www.abhinavbharat.org/blog.html [Accessed December 16, 2018].
- Abhinav Bharat Available at: http://www.abhinavbharat.org/about_pankaj.html [Accessed December 16, 2018].
- Mumbai resident moves SC again for reprobe into Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination The Week. Available at: https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2018/10/02/mumbai-resident-moves-sc-again-for-reprobe-into-mahatma-gandhi-assassination.html [Accessed December 14, 2018].
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- Wikipedia contributors (2018) Catholic Church sexual abuse cases. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Catholic_Church_sexual_abuse_cases&oldid=836032052 [Accessed April 21, 2018].
- Singh S (2018) Know about the bloody role the Church played in the country PM Modi visited yesterday. rightlog.in. Available at: https://rightlog.in/2018/07/rwanda-genocide-church-01/ [Accessed July 28, 2018].
- Wikipedia contributors (2018) Feroze Gandhi. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Feroze_Gandhi&oldid=871571385 [Accessed December 14, 2018].
- Guha R (2017) India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy (Pan Macmillan) Available at: https://market.android.com/details?id=book-AW4sDwAAQBAJ.