Man who overcame British, snakes of communal poison was more than ‘chatur baniya’, says Rajmohan Gandhi

Condemning Amit Shah's "chatur baniya" comment, opposition parties on Saturday demanded that he should apologise to the nation and insisted that the "denigrating" remark is withdrawn.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 11, 2017 12:25 am
Mahatma Gandhi, Chatur Baniya, Amit Shah, Amit Shah news, Rahul Gandhi news, latest news, India news, National news, latest news, India news, National news, Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, who is currently in the United States, said Mahatma Gandhi’s aim, would have been aim ”to defeat the forces that hunt the innocent and the vulnerable” unlike that of BJP President Amit Shah. (Express Archive)

Mahatma Gandhi was a man who overcame “British lion” and “snakes of communal poison” in the country making him more than a “chatur baniya”, his grandson Rajmohan Gandhi said on Saturday. Gandhi, who is currently in the United States, said Mahatma’s aim on Saturday would have been different than that of BJP President Amit Shah, who had yesterday referred to him as a “chatur baniya” (a clever Baniya – the trading caste) while addressing a gathering in Raipur.

“The man who overcame the British lion and snakes of communal poison in India was more than a chatur bania. Today — unlike men like Amit Shah — he would aim to defeat the forces that hunt the innocent and the vulnerable,” Gandhi, a biographer and a research professor at University of Illinois, US, told PTI in an email response.

Condemning Shah’s “chatur baniya” comment, opposition parties on Saturday demanded that he should apologise to the nation and insisted that the “denigrating” remark is withdrawn. Mahatma’s another grandson, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, also said that he would have laughed at ‘chatur baniya’ description but for its “utter tastelessness and the hidden mischief in it”.

Historian Ramachandra Guha said the remark made by Amit Shah was “crude” and “unworthy” of the president of the BJP, the country’s ruling party.

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    Lallu Mishra
    Jun 12, 2017 at 2:10 pm
    Do h3ll with your sickular fabric.
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      rajan
      Jun 11, 2017 at 6:37 pm
      Amit Shah, the roly-poly hippo of BJP, is a diseased mind like his bosom friend Modi. They both, in connivance with RSS, are out to destroy the secular fabric of the country. Such irreverent comments by him against G@ndhi are not surprising. Their hatred for G@ndhi is all too obvious with roots firmly in Hindu Mahasabha school. How can the killers of Mahatma be any different. The shamelessness with which he has described the great man shows that the comment is deliberate and not a Freudian slip to sow further divisions amongst the proletariat in this increasingly strife torn society since BJP has come to power at the centre. Really a de able bunch of saffronites. In the facade of Vikas, this party is destroying the nation. Sad that we, the common people, can't see through their nefarious designs. Good that both Rajmohan G@ndhi & Gopal Krishna G@ndhi have decried his unfortunate reference.
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        Mohit Bhardwaj
        Jun 11, 2017 at 1:22 pm
        Mr. hi was actually a wise choice by English and Nehru was wise choice of Mr. hi. Hypocrats have ruled this country for long. We, Indians are emotional people and swa our loyalty on emotions. Trend is changing now. It would be better for Journalist and Politicians to realize this truth. Look at our history, traitors of India are rich and influential till now. You name them and find their descendents. Enough info is avaiable on internet now and India is evolving. News based on emotions are checked and verified. News channels and Newspapers so called news does not swing moods of the people. I think Mr. Shah do have freedom to speak.
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          Mohit Bhardwaj
          Jun 11, 2017 at 1:10 pm
          Well said Mr. Mishra
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            Lallu Mishra
            Jun 11, 2017 at 8:28 am
            Read what g@ndhi advised jews being massacred by s during ww2, he says "jews themselves are to be held responsible for the h3ll that has been unleashed upon them in the europe because of the sins of their previous lives", He goes on to say "Jews are being massacred because they don't have love for hitler in their hearts, if anything that a jew should do is walk into the gas chamber with a smile on his face and admiration for hitler." He claimed to support the doctrine of non violence but agreed and a congress topmost signatory to sending the British Indian army to fight for the British as their own fight, not to revolt against them for decades of oppression on Indian mass. Amit Shah is mis informed, g@ndh(u) was not even chatur. He was a repugnant down riddled abomination and absolute bast rd of a human being.
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              Lallu Mishra
              Jun 11, 2017 at 8:25 am
              Read what hi advised jews being massacred by s during ww2, he says "jews themselves are to be held responsible for the that has been unleashed upon them in the europe because of the sins of their previous lives", He goes on to say "Jews are being massacred because they don't have love for hitler in their hearts, if anything that a jew should do is walk into the gas chamber with a smile on his face and admiration for hitler." He claimed to support the doctrine of non violence but agreed and a congress topmost signatory to sending the British Indian army to fight for the British as their own fight, not to revolt against them for decades of oppression on Indian mass. Amit Shah is mis informed, h(u) was not even chatur. He was a repugnant down riddled abomination and absolute bast rd of a human being.
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                Lallu Mishra
                Jun 11, 2017 at 8:26 am
                for the h.e.l.l. that has been unleashed upon them
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                Sanju
                Jun 11, 2017 at 4:08 am
                But someone fits well in category of 'Chatur Elephant' , 'Chatur Ghenda' or 'Chatur Bull'
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                  Raj
                  Jun 11, 2017 at 4:02 am
                  What is Amit Shah?
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