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World learnt about Mahatma Gandhi via 1982 movie, says PM Modi; Congress hits back (WATCH)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said that the world was largely unaware of independence activist Mahatma Gandhi until the release of Richard Attenborough's 1982 film, 'Gandhi'.

World didn't know Mahatma Gandhi till a movie was made about him PM Modi attacks Congress (WATCH) snt
First Published May 29, 2024, 5:44 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently said that the world was largely unaware of independence activist Mahatma Gandhi until the release of Richard Attenborough's 1982 film, 'Gandhi'. Modi criticized the previous Congress-led governments for failing to adequately promote Gandhi's legacy. In an interview with ABP News, Modi questioned rhetorically whether it was not India's responsibility to ensure Gandhi's global recognition over the past 75 years.

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"Mahatma Gandhi was a great soul. Wasn't it our responsibility to get him that level of global recognition during the last 75 years? Nobody knew, please excuse me on this. The first time, when the Gandhi film was made (1982), the world got curious about who he might be. We didn't do the needful…If the world knew Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi was no less than them and you have to accept that. I am saying this after travelling the world that Gandhi and through him, India should have been recognised…," he said in response to a question about the Opposition's understanding of India's culture and values.

Following this comment, Congress on Wednesday accused PM Modi of 'destroying the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi'. "I don't know in which world the outgoing Prime Minister lives where Mahatma Gandhi was not recognized across the world before 1982. If anyone has destroyed the legacy of the Mahatma, it is the outgoing Prime Minister himself. His own government has destroyed Gandhian institutions in Varanasi, Delhi and Ahmedabad," wrote Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on X.

"This is the identity of RSS workers that they do not know the nationalism of Mahatma Gandhi. Nathuram Godse killed Gandhiji because of the environment created by their ideology. The 2024 election has taken place between Mahatma bhakts and Godse bhakts. The defeat of the outgoing Prime Minister and his Godse bhakt companions is obvious," he further added.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, affectionately known as Mahatma Gandhi, stands as an enduring symbol of peace and non-violence in history. He played a pivotal role in leading India's struggle for independence, earning him a place among the most prominent figures in the nation's history.

Despite his global recognition and impact, Gandhi notably faced disappointment in his lifetime, being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times between 1937 and 1948 without receiving it. Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat, Gandhi is universally hailed as the "father of the nation."

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His legacy transcends borders, with the United Nations commemorating his birthday on October 2 as the 'International Day of Non-Violence' since 2007. Gandhi's influence also extends to the realm of currency, as his image has been a fixture on Indian currency since 1969.

To honour his unparalleled contributions, the Indian government annually bestows the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize upon distinguished social activists, world leaders, and exemplary citizens, serving as a tribute to his enduring legacy of peace and social change.

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