People are slowly forgetting Mahatma : Sumitra Gandhi
Claiming that Mahatma Gandhi was remembered only during customary occassions and his ideals slowly forgotten, his grand daughter Sumitra Gandhi Kulkarni today said people should practice his teachings in their lives instead of just eulogizing him on his birthday.
"People of this country are slowly forgetting Mahatma Gandhi and engaged in just remembering him in a customary manner," the 80-year-old Kulkarni told PTI from Bangalore on the eve of Gandhiji's birth anniversary tomorrow.
She said recently she read in a newspaper that when an eighth or ninth class student was asked, who was Mahatma Gandhi, the kid replied "Sonia Gandhi's father".
Kulkarni, the former Rajya Sabha member, said people forget Gandhiji's ideals soon after taking part in the customary meetings and get engrossed in their day-to-day work.
However, she said that she has no objection to the use of term 'Gandhigiri' by the people to oppose 'dadagiri'.
She also expressed concern over the deterioration of Khadi in the country and added that the spin used for weaving khadi could still be relevant in the country.The Gandhian philosophy of non-violence is very much relevant given that other means to stop violence have failed to yield the desired results, she said.
On the Ayodhya dispute, she said that if the case was left for locals to decide, they would have solved it in 15 days.