Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter ‘deeply hurt’ by Amit Shah’s remark

The BJP chief had dubbed Mahatma Gandhi as a "bahut chatur baniya", a reference to his mercantile caste, sparking a political row with the Congress and other opposition parties demanding an apology from him

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Published:June 12, 2017 8:15 pm
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Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee today said she was “deeply hurt” by BJP chief Amit Shah’s “chatur baniya” remark.

Shah had dubbed Mahatma Gandhi as a “bahut chatur baniya”, a reference to his mercantile caste, sparking a political row with the Congress and other opposition parties demanding an apology from him for insulting the Father of the Nation.

“Recently, a senior politician has referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a ‘chatur baniya’. As the biological granddaughter of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, my natural reaction is of deep hurt,” Tara said in a statement.

“Mahatma Gandhi is the father of the nation. The senior politician should have had the wisdom to refer to Mahatma Gandhi as the greatest visionary of our time,” she said.

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    Devendra
    Jun 14, 2017 at 5:29 am
    Modi hand in glove with statement made by Amit Shah the barbarian
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      Raj
      Jun 15, 2017 at 12:33 am
      LOL - what is there to be "hand in glove" ? Is what Amit Shah said not correct ? Amit Shah is right. Gandhi is a CHATUR BANIYA - I'll say it too. Anybody who doesn't like can GO DIE SLOWLY.
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      Raj
      Jun 13, 2017 at 8:42 pm
      F your Feelings Tara. Have you never heard of "FREE SPEECH " ? Its what Gandhi fought for! And FYI - no matter how hard you try to deny it - you can't deny Gandhi was a baniya. If he was a Dalit - this Tara would be shouting from the rooftops that he was a Dalit - but if he is a baniya then suddenly it is "insulting her feelings" . To with this dumbo
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        Sari
        Jun 14, 2017 at 11:27 am
        Some people rarely care for the dignity of their own father.It is too much to expect such to care for the dignity of father of the nation??!!! By the way Tara was also exercising her freedom of speech. Gandhiji was a man above castes and found caste ism itself derogatory. But great leaders today excels in creating rifts in the name of caste , religion , region and are proud of the churning out such gems of trash on a daily basis
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          Raj
          Jun 15, 2017 at 12:39 am
          What dignity ? The rascal only became popular on the backs of millions of others - he did nothing himself. That's why he was SHOT - because PEOPLE HATED HIM! And what loss of dignity is there in being called "chatur baniya" ? He WAS a baniya and he was clever. You can worship Gandhi as some God - but that does NOT make him "above caste" - his CASTE WAS CLEAR - he was BANIYA. Just because you belong to a caste does not mean you support casteism - that is illogical and foolish. You can be Baniya AND be against caste . Problem in India today is mentally FAILED people who can't see Caste and Caste system, FACT and POLITICS and whose brain is so used to believing nonsense that they can't recognize their own stupidity even when its pointed out to them . This TARA is perfect example - who believes she has a right to prevent others from saying what they want because she doesn't like it.
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          Baiju
          Jun 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm
          i am F'ing your mother Raj,this is free speech too. I am F'ing your sister, this is free speech too. Which one did you like the most
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            Raj
            Jun 15, 2017 at 12:32 am
            I liked the one where I'm F'ing your kids.
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          Satish Chandran
          Jun 13, 2017 at 5:37 pm
          TODAY'S POLITICIANS DOES NOT HV ANY VISIONS, ONLY T/VISION, FEKU VISIONS N HAVING BEST LIEING VISION THRU THE PAID CHANNELS
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            Raj
            Jun 13, 2017 at 8:43 pm
            KEEP BARKING - that is all you losers are fit for these days. No jobs so keep barking. Maybe somebody will feel pity for you and let you take some bribes and earn your livelyhood as the criminal your ilk is.
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              Sari
              Jun 14, 2017 at 11:28 am
              atleast you accepted government has succeeded in creating less job situation.Bravo!
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                Raj
                Jun 15, 2017 at 12:41 am
                Sari - Of Course I accept it - that was the entire aim behind CongressMukt Bharat - to make these people JOBLESS. Making sickulars and Congress stooges JOBLESS is our success.
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              vvvvv
              Jun 13, 2017 at 4:20 pm
              Today's Politics no vision only Gondaism and no respect even to father of nation or sacrified leaders for india and made these development for last 70 yrs. By hook or crook these gondas want to rule till 2024 imagine what will happen to india.... God save all of us... Jai Hind
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                Raj
                Jun 13, 2017 at 8:46 pm
                Yeah - that's why it was the BJP that imposed Emergency and massacred Sikhs and attacked the Golden Temple correct ?? It was the BJP that did vote rigging in Kashmir and kept silent as Kashmiri Pandits were being brutally slaughtered ? It was BJP that encouraged the LTTE right ?? It was the BJP that did the fiasco called IPKF and got nearly 2000 Indian soldiers killed in sri Lanka ?? Was that not Goondaism and criminal behavior for you hypocrite ?? Or do you not have the guts to look in the mirror and only can bark like the mad animal you are ?
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                  Sari
                  Jun 14, 2017 at 11:28 am
                  Topic here is Gandhiji!!!
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                    Baiju
                    Jun 14, 2017 at 1:57 pm
                    if not for Operation Blue Star,then there would have been a country called Khalistan, read history, I finished F'ing your sister, she is now S'ing me
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                      Raj
                      Jun 15, 2017 at 12:50 am
                      Baiju - Prefer Khalistan to Congress ruled India anyday of the week. At least Brindanwale was honest - Indira Gandhi the witch was the one who encouraged Sikh separatism and then when it backfired attacked a holy temple because Brindanwale wouldn't listen to a 2 paisa like her. Read history yourself . And I just finished with your son - now I'm going to start on your daughter!
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                    Abhishek
                    Jun 13, 2017 at 9:26 am
                    For all the people fuming and frothing here, even for Mahatma's g daughter herself- an ex Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju had called hi a "chalak Pakhandi" (a cunning pretender/hypocrite) in his blog- : justicekatju. /2015/05/chalak-pakhandi-i-call- hi-as Whither the outrage?
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                      Kamal Pasha
                      Jun 13, 2017 at 2:28 am
                      Compare to Congress politicians, Amit Shah and others of Hundutava parties are of inferior quality. They do not have manners, did not go to,good schools, do not know how to talk and where to talk. Unfortunately the lot of them are ru India.
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                        Raj
                        Jun 13, 2017 at 8:49 pm
                        LOL - Yes, compared to our "sickular" Congress, BJP politicians are not ashamed to be HINDU and be BANIYA or BRAHMIN or DALIT. Pseudo secularists who have shouted from the rooftops about their DAlit status but Congress Gandhi chor khandan does not have the courage to admit that Nehru was born a Brahmin - even if he was a degenerate womanizer and godless atheist. That is the difference between BJP and Congress leaders - the BJP are proud of who they are, the Congress are cowardly hypocrites who want to suppresss Hindus.
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                          msjk
                          Jun 14, 2017 at 1:02 am
                          Raj, you seems to be too severely suffering from a mix of hatred and inferiority complex. Also showing traits of a highly intolerant person. Same is Amit Shah. How can any Indian deliver or even digest such a derogatory remarks about Father of nation? And you folks call yourself deshbhakt. You guys are number 1 traitor. Shame on you!
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                            Raj
                            Jun 15, 2017 at 12:47 am
                            Msjk - LOL you failures are giving "advise" about hatred and intolerance ?? Why didnt you namak haram give that lesson to your fellow mullahs when they were busy singing Jehadi songs and praising the attacks against Hindus in India ?? When our temples and our markets and our people were attacked in terrorist attacks you roaches were busy celebrating hiding behind you Congress "deshbhakts" who were busy building madrassas and supporting "tolerance" and stealing Hindu temple money and using it to build "secular" schools and "hospitals" as if Hindu money is their BAAP's property and secularism means using Hindus like second class citizens. That's why Salman Rushdie is thrown out of our country but Cow beef is supposed to be a "human right" of our "secular" Parties ?? If they can hold a "beef party" and insult Hindus - can Hindus hold a Koran burning party during Eid to celebrate Hindu rights too ?? Or are Hindus not allowed to be "offended" and only Muslims are allowed ?
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                            Manish
                            Jun 13, 2017 at 11:42 pm
                            Amit Shah him self a Bania,what is a big deal? I am Bania and not ashamed!
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                              Devendra
                              Jun 14, 2017 at 5:39 am
                              There are good people in the BJP as well, but most of them have no proper schooling and do not have manners or respect for prominent individuals, lets watch and see who is going to be the Next President and Vice President of India. The youth of India are to be blamed for bringing in the BJP government at the centre and in the states. An United opposition can stop the march of the BJP
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                                Raj
                                Jun 15, 2017 at 12:52 am
                                Yeah - keep dreaming about "united opposition" - your HOPE is crooked criminals like lalu, Mulayam, Mayawati and the Communists. Led by jokers like Kejriwal and Pappu. God save YOU clowns.
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                              Dominic Emmanuel
                              Jun 12, 2017 at 8:29 pm
                              The RSS is not satisfied with just getting rid of Mahatma hi. They now start character asination from the highest office bearer of the BJP, trained in the shakhas to insult the Mahatma and spew venom against the minorities esp the Muslims and the Christians.
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                                Lovely
                                Jun 12, 2017 at 8:53 pm
                                What were the exact reasons for assination of Ghandi ?
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                                  Kamal Pasha
                                  Jun 13, 2017 at 2:41 am
                                  Lovely : There was only one reason he died for. He always loved every humanbeing.
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                                    Raj
                                    Jun 13, 2017 at 8:51 pm
                                    Exactly - these cowards do not have the courage to ask that question - why did nehru not provide Gandhi with adequate security when Godse brothers had OPENLY said they would assassinate Gandhi and tried once before they eventually succeeded.
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                                    Kamal Pasha
                                    Jun 13, 2017 at 2:38 am
                                    Dominic Emmanuel : Being a non- Indian, I have always addressed this soul as Mahatama. India was respected because of him. His policy of non violence saved thousands of lives and these present rulers of India do not have respect for this Mahatama at all.
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                                      George Cruz
                                      Jun 13, 2017 at 9:27 am
                                      Mahatma G a n d h i trusted Muslims, made many concessions, but in the end they backstabbed him by committing brutal atrocities against the Hindus in major cities like Mumbai, Calcutta, etc before departing to the newly carved Islamic Caliphate Pak in 1947.
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                                        vvvvv
                                        Jun 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm
                                        I agree and really good you mentioned w world respect only these Gondas Rss BJP .. Jai Hind
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                                          Raj
                                          Jun 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm
                                          Who cares about "WORLD RESPECT" when Indians don't RESPECT YOU ?? If he was so great - he would not have been disposed off . Let us accept the fact - MANY MANY people in India HATED Gandhi - they saw him as WEAK and COWARDLY and his attempts to coddle Muslims was sick behavior that enraged Hindus who had just thrown off the dirty Mohammedan yolk. But our deranged liberals in India worship Gandhi for only one reason - because he is admired by Westerners !
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                                            Manish
                                            Jun 13, 2017 at 11:50 pm
                                            Pashaji like you visit Indian news paper ,I do and love The Dawn from Karachi have read your comments there many a times some comments you post there is quite anti indian!
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