We have another Gandhiji in PM Narendra Modi, says Union Minister Mahesh Sharma

Talking about the satyagrah, Union MoS for Culture Mahesh Sharma said that Gandhi's movement was not limited to being a fight against the salt tax but was also about motivating and encouraging people of the country, which PM Modi is also doing.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 13, 2017 7:12 pm
mahesh sharma, mos culture, indian express MoS Culture and Tourism, Mahesh Sharma at the book launch in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI Photo by Subhav Shukla)

Union Minister Mahesh Sharma on Thursday likened Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Mahatma Gandhi, saying that the two are alike in being an inspiration to others. Attending a book launch in New Delhi centred around the Mahatma’s satyagrah, Sharma said, “Today among us, we are fortunate to have another Gandhiji in the form of our prime minister who is like an inspiration.”

Talking about the satyagrah, Sharma said that Gandhi’s movement was not limited to being a fight against the salt tax but was also about motivating and encouraging people of the country, which the prime minister is also doing.

“He (PM) started with the promise that the glow of freedom would reach every person in the country. His dream is to fulfil the dreams of Gandhiji. The Ministry of Culture is duty-bound and committed to spreading his dreams and thoughts throughout the world for the sake of humanity,” he said.

Gandhi’s dandi march as well as the namak satyagrah, was a part of the non-violent civil disobedience movement against British rule in India. It began in 1030, when Gandhi marched to the coastal village of Dandi, to encourage the masses to make salt from seawater and shun British produced goods.

Sharma released a book titled “Historical Background to the Imposition of Salt Tax under the British Rule in India (1757-1947) and Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt Satyagraha (1930-31) against the British Rule Background,” which has been authored by Y P Anand, former Director, National Gandhi Museum.

“This book is extremely important for India, especially in the present times, wherein there is a need for humanity in the world,” Sharma said.


For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. #
    Jul 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm
    When your fingerprint gets stolen, printed and used for aadhaar pay, cloning SIM and changing bank password using OTP, your aadhaar devotion will vanish. Jai Hind. 1. 25 lakh families in Rajasthan are unable to withdraw ration even after seeding #AADHAARFAIL with their ration card. 2. #AADHAAR authentication does not work for half billion Indians. 3. AADHAAR authentication does not work even after updating bio-metrics and waiting for 90 days 4. AADHAAR bio-metrics can be stolen, printed and used for #AADHAAR pay 5. #AADHAAR does not work for NRIs, people outside India 6. AADHAR can not be generated if a person's fingerprint matches with someone else's with 60 percentage probability. 7. Rogue government can deactivate your #AADHAAR blocking ur gas, electricity, mobile, bank account 8. AADHAAR works for millions of illegals staying in India 9. AADHAAR is blocking subsidies for millions of legitimate people 10. Take 10 lakh insurance for each #AADHAAR failure case/delete
    1. Honest Citizen
      Jul 15, 2017 at 10:25 am
      This Sharma has proven himself to be both a joker and sycophant of the highest calibre!
      1. R
        Jul 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm
        Mr. Modi is the one that matters today to crores of young women and men in search of clean and honest livelihoods in an environment of progress, prosperity and National Pride that we all know BJP-Led NDA Govt. is working overtime for. The country has a huge backlog of liabilities in every aspect of a Nation's life built upon it in those 65yrs of corrupt-colonial-congress misrule when the nation moved at a snail's pace while most of the world leaped forward (china, singapore, americas, europe, middle-east countries, japan, etc.). Gandhi's legacy of non-violence may not work anymore as a bankrupt opposition led by congress is hell-bent to directly or indirectly invoke our enemies to create physical unrest in order to sabotage the NDA Govt.'s development efforts as that would continue to strengthen BJP.....the Govt. will have to tackle the opposition-created nuisance with firmness, using whatever means required to reach at the larger goal of prosperity and conveniences of all citizen
        1. B
          Jul 14, 2017 at 4:51 pm
          New religion in India for bhakt!!!! BJP is religion and modi is bhagwaan for them .. what an s
          1. T
            Jul 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm
            There are many valuable people (Jhansi Lakshmibhai, Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel, Netaji, Chandrasekhar Azad, Bhagath Singh, Tilak, Alluri Seetharama Raju etc.) in Narendra Modi in addition to Gandhiji.
            1. Load More Comments