Friday, 13 January 2017

PM Modi 'ejects' Gandhi in Khadi Udyog (KVIC) calendar & diary

In a surprise development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ejected Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi in the 2017 wall calendars and table diaries published by the Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC), official sources said here on Thursday.

Stunned employees of KVIC headquarters staged “a silent, soul-cleansing” protest. KVIC Chairman said this was “not unusual” and there have been deviations in the past. They were pained at this systematic easing out of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas, philosophy and ideals by the government. In fact, in 2016 the staff unions in KVIC had raised the calendar matter strongly with the management and were assured that it would not be repeated in future. However, this year it’s a total washout.

Meanwhile, the news was received with consternation and went viral on various social media networks with a vast majority sharply critical of the KVIC move.

The man who wears Rs.10 lakh suit sitting in front of 'charkha' is joke of the millennium and nothing short of Goebbels propaganda spreading blatant lies. Prime Minister Modi flabbergasting blatant lies not only demeans himself but ejecting Gandhi will be emanating wrong things about our nation in the eyes of the world simply because world knows much more about Gandhi than Indians in India.

If I have seen further than others, 
it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants ... Isaac Newton

My View:
In 1977, External Affairs Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, when he first entered his new office, looked around the walls, and immediately identified a blank spot. ‘This is where Panditji’s portrait used to be. I remember it from my earlier visits to the room. Where has it gone? I want it back’.  This despite the fact that two years before he became Foreign Minister had been spent in a jail placed by Jawaharlal Nehru’s daughter, Indira Gandhi. He had compelling ideological and personal reasons to reject Nehru and his legacy. Yet he asked for his photograph to be reinstated in his office. Vajpayee must have been embarrassed by this brutal casting into the dustbin India’s longest serving Foreign Minister as Nehru held that office for seventeen years displaying his ability to ‘befriend the opponent and enemy’. Modi cannot grow taller than Gandhi & Nehru by making them shorter are disregarding their contributions.

Now where does Modi stand? Had Modi displayed the kind of respect to Gandhi & Nehru they deserve, these over enthusiastic executives would not have displayed this kind of non sense. What kind of Prime Minister we have at present who doesn't even respect Gandhi and Nehru, who are dead 50-70 years ago? I will not be surprised if RSS leaders replace these icons under Modi regime.

Unless we learn to admire & respect our predecessors, despite their short comings, we lose our moral right to be respected by our successors.

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