Gandhi never accepted India’s division on religious lines: Pranab

Prime News, National (New Delhi), Feb 9:- Mahatma Gandhi fought for the unity of India for every moment of his public life and never accepted that the country could be divided on religious lines, former President Pranab Mukherjee said here on Sunday.

“Gandhiji’s whole life was dedicated to Hindu-Muslim unity… Gandhiji is not just the father of our nation, he was also the maker of our nation… he was the moral vector to guide our action by the measure by which we are judged,” Mukherjee said at the launch of veteran journalist M.J. Akbar’s new book “Gandhi’s Hinduism – The Struggle Against Jinnah’s Islam” that chronicles the endgame that led to the partition of the subcontinent in 1947 and the creation of Pakistan.

Noting that “communal unity and harmony is the bedrock of India’s strength and the key to its glorious future”, Mukherjee said Gandhi believed in the “intrinsic power of Hinduism” of assimilation, evaluation and adaptation, “as it was inclusive and offered space for the presence of people from every faith”.

“Gandhiji had declared that no faith could be in danger in India because India had always been the homeland for every faith,” Mukherjee said.

To this end, the book “strongly emphases” the fact that “Gandhiji fought for the unity of India for every moment of his public life”, rejecting “the conventional explanation that partition would be a solution to the communal problem (created by the British)”, noting at a prayer meeting a month before Partition that this would lead to a conflict between India and Pakistan, Mukherjee said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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