Congress leaves it to Govt to decide on action on Gandhi book

Congress on Friday left it to the government to decide on the action on a controversial book on Mahatma Gandhi, which has been banned by Gujarat.

Last Updated: Apr 01, 2011, 20:39 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Friday left it to the
government to decide on the action on a controversial book on
Mahatma Gandhi, which has been banned by Gujarat.

"Gandhi is too big...too large, a legend ...his persona
is far great...which could be touched much less affected by
insult, slander or criticism. Gandhi himself was so
magnanimous," party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters
in reply to a volley of questions.
At the same time, it does not mean that people can take
pot-shots at him at will, he said.

He noted that the Pulitzer prize-winning author Joseph
Lelyveld of "Great Soul; Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With
India" has repeatedly denied the meaning attributed to certain
portions in the book which has raked up a controversy.

"We do not want to dignify such observations....Gandhi
has an incomparable status. We leave it to the Government to
consider all appropriate actions," he said.

Lelyveld has opposed a ban on the book, describing the
move as "shameful".
Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily has already said
that there were no plans for any fresh law or changes in
existing laws to deal with publications which cast aspersions
on national heroes like Mahatma Gandhi.

The book has already been banned by Gujarat and
Maharasthra is contemplating banning it.

PTI