A crazy person assassinated Gandhi: Bharti

New Delhi (PTI): Union minister Uma Bharti today described Nathuram Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, as a “sarfira” (crazy person) and said the ideology of the father of the nation is immortal.

On Gandhi’s death anniversary, she urged heads of village panchayats located along the Ganga to participate in cleaning the river and said she would hold a ‘padayatra’ in reaching out to the villagers for this task.

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“Today it is the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. A crazy person had ended his life on this day. Gandhi ji is not alive, but his ideology is immortal.

“Gandhiji would say India’s soul was in its rural parts. Today is a good day to hold consultations with heads of the villages on cleaning Ganga,” she said without naming Godse.

Addressing ‘Swachh Ganga – Gramin Sahbhagita’, a national-level consultation programme, Bharti claimed herself a “devotee” of Gandhi and said the Ganga Rejuvenation ministry under her is working on the path shown by the late leader.

Bharti noted the Rs 4,000 crore fund spent on cleaning the river over 29 years did not bear desired fruits, but exuded confidence that Ganga will be among top 10 cleanest rivers in the world when the Rs 20,000 crore alloted by NDA government for Namami Gange programme will be utilised.

“In the last 60-70 years, urbanisation along the river took place in an anti-Ganga way. Infrastructure was developed without keeping Ganga in mind,” she rued and added the government will not hesitate from seeking money for the mission in case the already alloted funds prove insufficient.

Bharti said the water resources department was working with other ministries like HRD, Rural Development, Tourism, Sports, in rejuvenating the river and ensuring disposal of solid waste and sewage water.

She said the government was planning to initiate organic farming along Ganga’s stretch. “We will sign a MoU with Agriculture Minister in this regard. We are also working out list of ponds situated along the river. Water from the ponds will be released in Ganga during lean period,” she said.

Seeking to take out a ‘padayatra’ (foot march) in all hamlets situated along Ganga to reach out to the villagers, she said, “I want to hold the foot march to urge people for a Clean Ganga, which will be a gift to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

Bharti said and also lauded the Prime Minister for his commitment towards execution of the Ganga action plan. Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, Birender Singh, Sarbananda Sonowal, Mahesh Sharma and Sanwar Lal Jat also attended the event, considered as a first attempt to rope in villagers in the mission.

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  1. Srimathi Uma Bharati, you may be encircled by the BJP for the statement of “intolerance”. How in the world, you can tell about a deity as ” crazy”? Leading movie stars of India like Aamir Khan are afraid to live in India now due to one statement made that his wife has expressed fear about the current trend of the nation under the BJP rule, that the safety of minorities are in bewilderment.

    You have stated last year that the BJP rule of India is that of Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva;
    out of that Mr. Modi is Brahma, and that was a very keen and correct statement.

    Here your statement portraying Godse as “crazy” will be shedding light on some other hidden questions to be answered.
    Among the BJP-RSS-VHP-BD- and the rest, certain percentage of them are very reverently adoring Godse like a divine incarnation; thus some of them are interested to have Temples worshipping Godse as a deity. If there is a bill introduced in the parliament to declare Godse’s death as a national holiday, there will be a narrow possibility to pass the bill and the President would be delighted to sign that bill as a law. Srimathi Uma Bharati, how you classify the followers of Godse now?

  2. Dear readers,

    Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination by distributing sweets on his death anniversary on January 30 at its Meerut office on Saturday. Workers of the Hindutva group danced to the tunes of drum and Bollywood songs outside its office.This comes days after its workers observed Republic Day as ‘black day’ and protested against the Indian Constitution.

    Hindu Mahasabha ‘celebrates’ Gandhiji’s death anniversary
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/hindu-mahasabha-celebrates-gandhijis-death-anniversary/article8172086.ece

    Last year, Hindu Mahasabha was ready with a statue of Godse to build a temple for him on January 30 at its offices across the country. It organised “bhumi pujan” for the temple but the respective state governments sealed the offices to prevent the Hindutva body from installing the statue last year.

    “We do not believe in the idea of a secular Constitution. When India officially declares itself a Hindu Rashtra, Godse will be declared its hero and Gandhi’s assassination would be declared a national festival,” Pandit Sharma said.

    In the past we have witnessed Hindu group ‘flew Pakistan flag to create tension’ Sindgi, near Bijapur, leading to angry protests by Hindu organisations and the stoning of a Muslim prayer hall.

    Hindu group ‘flew Pakistan flag to create tension’
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-16424473

    If it is minority community by know mass media would have own version of terror investigation repeatedly playing some video clips and joining dots to connect to Muslim fundamentalism.

    Will PM Modi’s Ministry of Home affairs is having soft approach to ‘Hindutva’ groups who are working against the constitution of India?What is the updates on legal proceedings for the suspects on Pakistani flag hoisting case in Bijapur?

    Jai Hind

  3. Unfortunately AS Beef Mathew represents ‘stereotype’ minority who hates majority purely based on religious bias!! The non-stop attacks on Hindu groups and leaders poorly reflects on his community. Why would anyone unfairly attack this lady for her comments on Godse? She didn’t defend Godse or justify his acts. She rightfully referred to him as ‘crazy’. Is it that hard for Mr.Mathew to stop spewing his hatred on hindus? Sad and depressing!!

  4. “A crazy person assassinated Gandhi: Bharti”

    Ex-RSS and Hindu Mahasabha volunteer is now addressed by the RSS as “Crazy”.

    RSS and the BJP, after the assassination of Gandhi, joined hands to form their political outfit by the name Jana Sangh, the present BJP. They were the people who distributed sweets and funded the defence of Godse by contributing at the rate of four annas each, noo call him crazy! They betray anybody and everybody.

  5. This is the good cop/bad cop routine of the BJP. In Goa the BJP government was forced to cancel an event for a Godse book.

    Goa government forced into U-turn on hosting Godse book launch on Gandhi’s death anniversary
    The state government had caused a stir by renting out an official venue for the release of author Anup Ashok Sardesai’s account on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin.
    Pamela D’Mello · Yesterday · 06:59 pm
    Goa government forced into U-turn on hosting Godse book launch on Gandhi’s death anniversary

    The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Goa took a last-minute decision to disallow the use of an official venue for the release of the book Nathuram Godse – The Story of an Assassin on the 68th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

    An outcry from freedom fighters, social activists and opposition parties forced the government to go back on its decision to rent out the Ravindra Bhavan Black Box in Margao for the scheduled book launch on Saturday, commemorated as Martyrs’ Day.

    “We do not want to curb anybody’s right to express their opinion,” said Prabhakar Timble, convenor of Goa Forward, one of the organisations that opposed the government’s support for the event. “But our objection was to the government lending its premises to such an event, and that too on Martyrs Day.”

    Some office-bearers of Timble’s new regional party had earlier threatened to block the roads leading to the cultural venue, named after Rabindranath Tagore.

    “The government gave us directions not to allow him [the author Anup Ashok Sardesai] to hold the function at Ravindra Bhavan,” said Damu Naik, chairman of the venue and a former Bharatiya Janata Party legislator. “Accordingly, we have informed him and returned his money.”

    He insisted that the event was not cancelled because of political pressure, but “to uphold the value of the day”. Naik added the authorities at the venue were not aware that the book release function coincided with Martyrs’ Day.

    Sardesai held a press conference following the government’s move, where he said that those criticising his book had not even read it. He later told Scroll.in that the book neither glorified Gandhi’s assassin nor maligned the Mahatma.

    “This book is only about the modus operandi on which Gandhi was killed and specially the aftermath, which has not so far been in public domain,” Sardesai said. “It’s about the way [Veer] Savarkar was falsely implicated in this case and the way the family members of the Godse family were harassed and boycotted.”

    Sardesai, who is a mechanical engineer formerly in government service and runs a guest house in the tourism belt of Candolim, said he was not affiliated to any organisation. He had earlier written a book called The Mahatma’s Blunders.

    Sardesai said he would go ahead with the release at another venue, the Margao Cricket Club, on Saturday.

    Gandhian social activist Ramesh Gauns of the Rashtriya Seva Dal alleged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh had for long been attempting to spread misinformation about Gandhi’s assassination to justify Godse’s action. “Can somebody glorify the killing of any person, let alone someone like Mahatma Gandhi? Then you represent the dark end of society” said Gauns.

    Independent legislator Vijai Sardesai said the government cannot absolve itself merely by cancelling permission for the event. “The Goa government, through its ruling party spokesman and Ravindra Bhavan Chairman, was proposing an anti-national and perverted act of attempting to officially release a book on the assassin of the Father of the Nation on the Mahatma’s death anniversary,” he said.

    He claimed that the chairman, Damu Naik, was showing his hatred for the Mahatma for the second time in three years. In 2013, a similar controversy had erupted over Naik’s attempts to stage the controversial play Mee Nathuram Godse Boltoy at the same venue on Gandhi Jayanti. Protests from freedom fighters had forced the cancellation of the event.

    Meanwhile, Naik said that he would not attend Sardesai’s book launch at the alternative venue so as to “avoid any controversy.”

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