Gandhians oppose construction of Mahatma Mandir by Guj govt
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 18:25
Ahmedabad: Veteran Gandhian Chunibhai Vaidya has opposed the proposed 'Mahatma Mandir' in the state saying the Father of the Nation himself was against the concept of huge monuments.

"We are opposed to 'Mahatma Mandir' as Gandhiji himself was opposed to concept of huge monuments. If the state government thinks that by constructing a 'Mahatma Mandir' they were honouring the Father of the Nation, then they are wrong," veteran Gandhian, Chunibhai Vaidya told agency.

He has even issued a statement co-signed by Gandhians Ila Pathak, Prakash Shah and Gujarat Vidhyapeeth vice-chancellor Sudarshan Iyengar in this regard.

"In fact this would be an insult of the Gandhian principles...we are of the opinion that they are doing this drama (building Mahatma Mandir) to give their image a makeover," he said.

Modi wile laying the foundation stone of Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar on May 1 had said that this Rs 100 crore monument was conceptualised as a grand tribute to the Father of the Nation.

Vaidya said Mahatma Gandhi is Father of the Nation and everybody has right on him. "He (Gandhiji) in not the property of any one class. Even after knowing this, if the state government is using his name inappropriately, we have to say this with regret," Vaidya said.

The Gandhian said state government is already facing allegations of supporting the 2002 riots. "In this scenario this (BJP) government does not qualify to undertake project like Mahatma Mandir," Vaidya added.

He said if the Mahatma Mandir is to be used for government functions like Vibrant Gujarat Summit, then associating the name of Gandhiji with such monument would be and insult to the great leader.

Vaidya also demanded that work on the Mahatma Mandir project should be stopped immediately.

About Mahatma Mandir Modi had said this project was a long cherished dream for him. The Mahatama Mandir would connect the people not only from the country but from across the world, he had said.

Modi had also said that by building Mahatama Mandir in Gujarat he was propagating national interest, which was above politics.

Modi has said that Mahatama Mandir was not a building or a hall but it is an attempt to relive the life of the Father of the Nation.


First Published: Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 18:25

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