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Caste-based untouchability has ended but ‘political untouchability’ has been invented, says Ram Madhav

Ram Madhav says speaking at an event to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2018 21:36 IST
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BJP general secretary Ram Madhav at a conference in New Delhi on September 18.(PTI File Photo)

Caste-based untouchability has ended in India but “political untouchability” has been invented, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said on Wednesday.

Speaking at an event on ‘Gandhi-Mandela Legacy: Way Forward’, organised by RIS (Research and Information System, an autonomous policy research institute) to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and 100th birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela, Madhav said that both Gandhi and Mandela had adversaries but not enemies in their political lives.

He said that if one is in politics he is bound to have adversaries and even Gandhi was at loggerheads with people within his own party.

“He had to endure differences of opinion, he had to endure rebellion...even from those who were his choices,” he said going on to describe Gandhiji’s differences of opinion with Jawaharlal Nehru.

He spoke on the politics of the day and said that both Mandela and Gandhi stood for the man of the street, they were leaders of the masses.

“Looking at today’s politics we have ended apartheid in South Africa, we have ended caste-based untouchability in India but they have invented new apartheid and new untouchability in the form of political untouchability,” he said.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Sep 26, 2018 21:36 IST