Gandhi would have laughed at Amit Shah’s ‘chatur baniya’ description, says grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi

The former West Bengal governor said that the remark has been made by Shah in 'utter tastelessness' and it reveals the hidden mischief behind the remark.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 10, 2017 6:59 pm
gopalkrishna gandhi, who is gopalkrishna gandhi, gopalkrishna gandhi for president, governor gopalkrishna gandhi, india news, indian express news Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi (File photo)

Taking a jibe at BJP president Amit Shah for his comment on Mahatma Gandhi, Gopalkrishna Gandhi said on Saturday that Gandhi would have laughed at the ‘chatur baniya’ description of him.

The former West Bengal governor said that the remark has been made by Shah in ‘utter tastelessness’ and it reveals the hidden mischief behind the remark. He said, “Gandhi would have laughed at ‘chatur baniya’ description but for its “utter tastelessness and the hidden mischief in it.”

Shah had on Friday referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a “chatur baniya” (a clever Baniya – the trading caste) while addressing a gathering in Raipur in Chhattisgarh. He also said the Congress had never been a party based on principles and it was merely a “special purpose vehicle” to secure freedom.

The Congress slammed the remarks and asked the BJP president to apologise.

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  1. R
    R K
    Jun 12, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    whatever the matter...nobody is above criticism....MG wasnt God...he had many great fai s and was unnecessarily marketed by congress to uplift their stock...particularly after his death....
    1. V
      Jun 12, 2017 at 3:25 pm
      Mr. gopalakrishna hi should also refer to pseudo- his (ghandis - as researched by Arun Shourie) and inform whether Mahatma hi would have "laughed" at. Why selective response from Mr. Gopalakrishna hi.
      1. V
        Jun 12, 2017 at 11:59 am
        Amit Shah is very right about Congress and views of hiji on Congress role after independence. Let the real hi first talk about "imposter" his who pla with spel "ghandy" (as was researched by Mr. Arun Shourie) before commenting on Amit Shah.
        1. L
          Jun 12, 2017 at 10:20 am
          Is baniya bad word? Is Chatur bad word
          1. P
            pawar rs
            Jun 12, 2017 at 1:43 am
            another g sun of a good man but sick-ular !
            1. M
              Jun 12, 2017 at 1:09 am
              His poor education is to blame for such rhetoric. These RSS and Safron goons are educated at hate school and brainwashed into committing crimes without any repentance.
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                ak dev
                Jun 11, 2017 at 9:42 pm
                Even saying "Chatur" that means "Intelligent" has hurt some people. The English translation of "Chatur Baniya" is Intelligent Businessman. The same people don't mind say " " but their mouth are sealed to say the same in Hindi. This is the difference of culture.
                1. K
                  Kevin Castelino
                  Jun 12, 2017 at 5:47 am
                  By this logic, are you saying; that there is no caste connotation. That means its OK to say chatur harijan, chatur chamar etc without making the person feel that you cal him intelligent only. If caste model was created only for community work and not sanctioned by religion then why should we use the caste iden y for a person who is a Barrister, freedom fighter and above all"Father of Nation".
                2. L
                  Jun 11, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                  what kind of language and etiquettes we will expect from wall painter. That's the respect he has for father of nation.
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