New Delhi- A book in Hindi entitled, “Gandhi: Siyasat aur Sampardayekta [Gandhi: Politics and Communalism],’ authored by senior journalist Piyush Babele was released by Tushar Gandhi, author and great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi through video conferencing at the Constitution Club of India on 22 May. The Institute of Objective Studies (IOS) Delhi published this book as one of its latest publications.
This seminal book narrates the factual story of Gandhi’s views on religion and his struggle with communalism based on what he lived, did and said. His struggle with communalism is all the more important because he defeated foreign imperialism while alive, but the communalism within India ultimately took his life.
The book further highlights the irony of how the communal forces responsible for the Hindu-Muslim conflict and the partition of India are trying to blame Gandhi for their sins. These forces are still dominant in the country and need to be countered.
The author of the book, Piyush Babele, while introducing the contents of the book, said, “The focus of the book is on communalism, and the misinformation and the propaganda being spread through social media platforms and WhatsApp, for example, like Gandhiji did Muslim appeasement and he was rather an anti-Hindu leader.
On the way forward, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi said, “In Independent India, we used to blame the British for everything and try to justify our wrongdoing under the guise of partition. Our country’s development pace after 75 years of Independence is much slower than the countries devastated during world wars, and today, they are developed nations.
Vipin Kumar Tripathi, former professor at IIT, Delhi, lauded the efforts of the author and the IOS for bringing out an in-depth book on Gandhi at a time when speaking the truth is so dangerous that one’s premises can be raided or even bulldozed.
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