Gandhi Jayanti: Let’s ensure politics of compassion prevails over politics of hate: Congress on Gandhi Jayanti
The Congress paid lavish tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary with party leader Mallikarjun Kharge hailing him as not just an individual, but an ideological and moral compass of the country.
Congress leader Kharge paid floral tributes at Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat here.
In a post on X, he said, “Mahatma Gandhi ji was not just an individual, he was an idea, an ideology and the moral compass of our great nation.”
“His ideals of truth, non-violence, freedom, equality and coexistence have eternal value. We bow in respect to Bapu’s ideals on his Jayanti,” Kharge said.
In a Hindi post on X, Rahul Gandhi paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi remembering him as the man who showed people the path of truth, non-violence, reconciliation and a united India. Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said that this Gandhi Jayanti, “we stand with Gandhian organizations in different parts of the country, especially Varanasi, Ahmedabad and New Delhi which are under siege and attack by forces that not only opposed the Mahatma throughout his life but played an important role in creating a climate that led to his assassination.” “Let us pledge to fight those elements that glorify the ideas and actions of Godse,” he said.
“This Gandhi Jayanti, let us expose the total and utter hypocrisy of those who appropriate Gandhian symbols – his spectacles, charkha and walking stick – and proclaim his legacy to the world, but they cannot uphold all the values that he stood for and ultimately gave his life for,” Ramesh said.
He also urged people to remember that the Mahatma practiced complete transparency and openness, and had no vindictive feelings for his opponents.
Gandhi shunned bigotry, prejudice and hatred, and never misused religion to appeal to people’s passions, Ramesh said.
Revenge and showmanship are unique to his character, he added.
“This Gandhi Jayanti, let us all resolve to work towards the victory of truth over lies, and ensure that the politics of compassion prevails over the politics of hatred, revenge and prejudice,” he said.
In a post on X, the Congress said, “On Gandhi Jayanti, we pay one billion tributes to the Mahatma, whose lifelong dedication to the cause of freedom won India her Freedom.”
“Let us pledge that his values of peace, unity and non-violence – the foundation of our nation – will continue to act as our guiding light,” the party said.