Martin Luther King Jr, Mandela, Einstein took inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi: Rahul Gandhi

He was responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertion that the world only learned of Mahatma Gandhi through the film Gandhi.

BySouth First Desk

Published May 30, 2024 | 5:24 PMUpdatedMay 30, 2024 | 5:24 PM

Rahul Gandhi in Karnataka

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, 30 May, said renowned figures like Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, and Albert Einstein drew inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi.

He made these remarks during a political gathering in Odisha’s Balasore district.

Responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that the world only learned of Mahatma Gandhi through the film Gandhi (1982), Rahul Gandhi criticised those affiliated with the RSS, suggesting their lack of understanding regarding Gandhi’s legacy.

“Mahatma Gandhi was a great soul. Wasn’t it our responsibility to get him that level of global recognition during the last 75 years? Nobody knew, please excuse me on this. The first time, when the film Gandhi was made (1982), the world got curious about who he might be,” Modi said in an interview with ABP news on Tuesday.

“We didn’t do the needful…If the world knew Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi was no less than them and you have to accept that. I am saying this after travelling the world that Gandhi and through him, India should have been recognised (Gandhi)…,” Modi said.

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‘Know nothing about Gandhiji’

“Whose training is done in ‘sakha’ of RSS, they are followers of Godse, they do not know anything about Gandhiji. They do not know about the history of Hindustan, truth and violence. This is expected that the PM will tell that the world does not know anything about Gandhiji,” Rahul Gandhi said.

He emphasised that people like Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and Einstein, along with various freedom movements, found inspiration in Gandhi’s principles.

“Martin Luther King Jr, Mandelaji, Einstein and many others took inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi. Different movements and freedom movements also took inspiration from Gandhiji. Children of India also get inspiration from Gandhiji,” he added.

Rahul Gandhi concluded by saying further comments on the matter were unnecessary.

“There is no need to make more comments (on the subject). Their world is in their sakha,” Rahul Gandhi said.

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Modi’s remarks on Gandhi draw ire

Reacting to the statement Congress spokesperson Lavanya Ballal Jain told South First that Modi was either really stressed or was really uninformed.

“PM is either extremely stressed or really uninformed. It’s India’s tragedy that such a disrespectful and uninformed person occupied the PM’s office twice. We need dignified, educated people to lead the nation,” she said.

Meanwhile, several people questioned the prime minister for not knowing the significance of Gandhi and accused him of being ignorant of India’s history.

(With PTI inputs)