Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the death of noted danseuse Mrinalini Sarabhai and written a letter to her son Kartikeya Sarabhai, expressing grief.
Modi wrote a letter to him Thursday, a BJP leader was quoted as saying by PTI. Ahmedabad-based Kartikeya is the founder director of Centre for Environment Education.
When contacted, Kartikeya said: “I have received hundreds, literally hundreds, of messages on WhatsApp, SMS, emails and there might be letters in my office, and I am yet to go through all of them. I have not even been to CEE today, and I have other offices. So, I do not know yet if there is a message or not (from the PM).”
Padma Bhushan awardee Mrinalini Sarabhai had passed away in Ahmadabad on Thursday. She was 97.
On Friday morning, danseuse Mallika Sarabhai hit out at the Prime Minister, claiming that he had not paid tributes to her mother Mrinalini on her death. The classical dancer and activist, who had taken up the cause of the 2002 riot victims, took to Facebook to vent her anger.
In a post, she said: “My dear prime minister. You hate my politics and I hate yours. That has nothing to do with what Mrinalini Sarabhai did to promote the culture of this country to the world over sixty years. She blazed a trailer for our culture in the world. That her death sees no word from you shows your mentality. How ever much you hate me, as our prime minister it behove you to recognise her contribution. You have not. Shame on you (sic).”
When contacted, Mallika said she had nothing more to say on her post, while Kartikeya said, “I am not with my sister on Facebook, though I have heard about her post.”
Mallika was among the key petitioners in one of the first pleas in the Supreme Court seeking justice for the victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots.
In April 2002, Mallika participated in a peace meeting with leaders of various organisations at Sabarmati Ashram. During the meeting, also attended by Narmada Bachao Andolan leader Medha Patkar, there was an alleged police assault on peace activists and media personnel.
In 2003, Gujarat police filed a case of cheating against Mallika, based on a complaint filed by a dance troupe member after a trip to the US for a cultural performance did not materialise. In 2009, She contested the Lok Sabha polls from Gandhinagar against L K Advani, but lost.