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Gandhiji and Ambedkar shared great bonding despite differences : Rajmohan Gandhi

Gandhiji and Ambedkar shared great bonding despite differences : Rajmohan Gandhi


Mangalore Today News Network

Mangaluru, Dec 22, 2018: "Sarvodaya means  upliftment of all while Swarajya  means not just political freedom but also self-governance. Mahatma Gandhi  had wished that every  citizen of India  opted for self-governance," said  Dr Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and  Visiting Professor of ITT Gandhinagar and Michigan State University.

 

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He was  delivering a special lecturer  on "Swaraj and Sarvodaya : A re-look"  on Friday  at the Ravindra Kala Bhavan of University College.

"Though Gandhiji and  Ambedkar had several differences, it was Gandhiji who made a strong case to have Ambedkar in the cabinet of the first government of Independent  India.  It was the result of this that India could have a secular Constitution. The  truth is that  Gandhiji and Ambedkar shared a great bonding despite differences, "he said.

On assassination of Mahatma Gandhiji, he said "Gandhiji had expected such an attack. For him death was not a defeat, a sacrifice was also a  form of success," he added.

"Gandhiji who had dedicated his life for the nation had little time for his family. He rarely met his grandchildren but whenever he met he fully enjoyed  their company," said Rajmohan.

  He recalled how Kasturba saved Gandhiji’s life several times. He turned  emotional when he revealed how Gandhiji  fell severely ill in 1919. When doctors advised him to drink milk,  it was Kasturba who managed to  give goat’s milk to  Gandhiji who had earlier vowed not to consume milk, Rajmohan said.

Dr Rajmohan Gandhi’s  wife Usha Gandhi, Dr Vivek Rai, former VC of Hampi University, Dr Kishori Nayak, Dean of Kala Nikaya, Dr Uday Kumar, Principal of Mangaluru University College and others were present.


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