We’re distorting our secular image:Intellectuals

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New Delhi: Stressing that Mahatma Gandhi is above power and politics, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi Saturday said people like Pragya Singh Thakur are killing the soul of India and the BJP should expel her from the party.His comments came after Malegaon blast accused and BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate Ms. Thakur lauded Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse as a “patriot” at an election rally in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday.She later apologised for her statement, saying she respected Mahatma Gandhi and his work for the country cannot be forgotten.“Godse had killed Gandhi’s body, but people like Pragya are killing the soul, non-violence, peace, tolerance and the soul of India. Gandhi is above all power and politics.”
other side Industrialist Anand Mahindra May 17 said Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy is “sacred” to us, and equated attempts to damage the same with the Taliban militia’s acts of destroying statues in Afghanistan.
Mahindra’s comments in a tweet come amid a controversy stoked by BJP’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur, a terror accused, praising Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse as a patriot.”For 75 years, Indias been the land of the Mahatma; a beacon when the world lost its morality. We used to be pitied for being poor but we were always rich since Bapu inspired billions globally,” the outspoken industrialist, who chairs the diversified USD 20 billion group, said.”Some things must remain sacred. Or we become the Taliban, destroying statues that sustain us,” he said, without naming Pragya or referring explicitly top her comments.

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