Lie: Post Independence, all leaders including Mahatma Gandhi had said that India should give citizenship to the people who’re being religiously persecuted in Pakistan


Modi Lies / Sunday, January 12th, 2020

The PM of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, has stooped to new lows in order to further his divisive politics. While the country has now become vigilant against his blatant lies, him misappropriating and misquoting our beloved Bapu, a symbol of Truth, to support his rhetoric on the bigoted CAA-NRC-NPR needs to be scrutinised carefully.

Here’s the reality of Mahatma Gandhi’s views on granting Indian citizenship to people from Pakistan.

  • As a staunch optimist, Gandhiji hoped that wiser counsel would prevail and Muslims, many of whom had possibly not migrated to Pakistan out of their own free will, should be asked to return to their homes in India with a sense of safety.

Source: Delhi Diary, M. K. Gandhi, 17-9-1947, Page 18

  • Also, the new citizenship law goes against Gandhi’s idea of civic nationalism. A striking feature of Gandhi’s civic nationalism was his insistence that India is not an exclusively Hindu civilisation.  Gandhi did not make the religious element an integral part of his civic nationalism. Gandhi was convinced that despite many social and political contradictions, and the tragedy of Partition, India would become a secular, democratic republic. 
  • Talking about how India is quintessentially secular, Gandhi had said: “If Pandit Jawaharlal, the Sardar and people with their ideas had forfeited their respect and confidence, they (people) could replace them by another team that had their confidence. But they could not and should not expect them to act against their conscience and regard that India belonged only to the Hindus. That way lay destruction.”

 

Source: Delhi Diary, M. K. Gandhi,7-10-1947, Page 69

For Mr.Modi, appropriating the symbol of truth, Bapu, seems an easier task than truth in itself!

Read More Here: https://theprint.in/opinion/modi-wrongly-quoted-mahatma-gandhi-on-pakistans-hindu-sikh-refugees-to-defend-caa/340323/

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/citizenship-amendment-act-mahatma-gandhi-khilafat-6190578/

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