‘People have not been faithful to Bapu’s ideals’

  • HT Correspondent, None, Jaipur
  • Updated: May 08, 2015 17:51 IST

India has belied the aspiration of the Father of the Nation, said social activist and great grandson of Bapu, Tushar Gandhi on Thursday.

“They (people) call Bapu as their inspiration, (but) none has been faithful (to his ideals),” the author of ‘Let’s Kill Gandhi’ said.

Tushar is in Jaipur to address a talk on ‘Modern India: Bapu’s dream come true?’ organised to mark the centenary of the Mahatma’s return from South Africa on Friday.

Talking to reporters a day before the event, the Congress member said that even after six decades of independence, none of the political parties had been able to make India the country Bapu had dreamt of.

“It’s time that a social and moral audit of Indian democracy is done. I believe that there is a lot of hypocrisy in Indian democracy and that needs to be addressed,” he said.

Reacting to the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan launched by the Narendra Modi government on the birth anniversary of the Mahatma, he said: “Bapu’s ideology is easy to adopt. He is like water and can be poured in any container of any size…and it is easy for people to present it in their way. Gandhi said that swacchta (sanitation) is like devotion. Whether they use Bapu’s ainak (spectacles) printed with swacch bharat (mission) makes no impact, as layers of dirt spread eyes.”

“Mere sweeping roads in a fashion would not be possible by mere announcements...people should be aware not spill waste…such drives should begin with every one’s “atmashudhi” (soul cleanliness/self-cleanliness).”

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