Extremist Hindus of India have given ‘an ignominious gift’ to Mahatma Gandhi, the epitome of peaceful struggle for liberation of the sub-continent, on his 150th birth anniversary by stealing some of his mortal remains from a town of Madhya Pradesh state.
BBC reported that the urn which contained the ashes were taken from the memorial, where they had been kept since 1948 – after the anti-colonial nationalist’s assassination by a Hindu extremist at the age of 79. The burglars also scribbled ‘deshdrohi’ (traitor) with green paint on pictures of Gandhi. The ashes were saved in a shrine at Gandhi Bhavan in Rewa.
A large number of followers of the RSS-ideology view him as a traitor for his advocacy of Hindu-Muslim unity, despite his being a practicing Hindu.
Ashes of the Hindu independence leader were not drown in river after his cremation, because of his fame, and were sent to different places.
Federal Minister for Science & Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain had on birth anniversary of Gandhi said, “Today is a birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, a great leader of the subcontinent. It’s so sad to see that today India is under an extremist regime. These fellows represent legacy of Godse murderer of Gandhi G. PM (Narendra) Modi and his regime is nothing but extension of RSS philosophy.”
On one occasion, Mahatma Gandhi had said about Holy Prophet Muhammed (SAWW), “I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind… I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life.
It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet (SAWW), the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission.” This statement was published in ‘Young India’ in 1924.