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.


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    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. H
      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. C
              Jul 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm
              What an insult to the mahatma? There is no limit to bootlicking of this man with a record of genocide against his own people.
              1. R
                Jul 14, 2017 at 7:49 pm
                really ? I thought congress created 'mahatma' to cover up for their unpardonable intelligence failure to save him from an obvious threat perception to his life as the negotiator's risky role congress expected him to play in the hindu-muslim socio-political divide in 1947 created by the congress and the brits in collusion, so that nehru could enjoy power on a platter. Wait, till the brainwashing of this Nation takes a 180degree turn. Modi the benevolent dictator is what the Nation needs the next 10-20 years to reset the independence theory that made visible victims of colonial-slavery in people like you......never dared to question an ancient corrupt colonial-congress as the most destructive legacy of the british which was thrust upon the nation as drift of the preceding 200yrs of east india company......start seeing history from the New India perspective spearheaded by the dynamic Modi-Led-RSS-BJP-Combine-Led-NDA Govt.....join the national mainstream and do yoga to uplift yourself !
              2. S
                Jul 14, 2017 at 6:33 am
                Height of psycophancy. Is there a cabinet reshuffle around. Gandhiji might have committed suicide if were alive today.
                1. R
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 8:36 pm
                  really? I thought the 'jee hujoori' culture reeking of psycophancy 'expected' by the nehru-g.a.n.d.hi parivar and their stooges in the misruling elite in an environment of '(corruption)chalta hai' was perpetrated by colonial-congress in their 65yrs of misrule......most recent evidence of this culture was in actual shameless practice by all those from the peon to the president in the Nation who ended up doing 'jee hujoori' to an italian housewife in their greed and corruption-driven politics ! Get your facts right, SRT, ...and keep your eyes open.... always.. ......not as it suits you ! And do yoga.....to uplift yourself instead of being b ed as one of the few leftovers of the cancerous limbs of congress obsessively ranting against modi when the world is witnessing the foundations of a prosperous Nation in the making being laid for the first time... all visible honesty and intent as RSS-BJP is a fully homegrown socio-political outfit....not created and nurtured by colonisers !
                2. C
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 6:27 am
                  Mahesh Sharma is wrong ! Modiji is actually greater than Buddha , Jesus , Mahavir , Shivaji,Abraham Lincoln , Albert Einstein, Gandhi , Mandela and all the other great men that have ever lived put together.Sharma should remember to say this next time so that he is given a more important portfolio in the next cabinet reshuffle
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