Mumbai: Maharashtra government will
initiate steps to ban sale of a controversial book on Mahatma
Gandhi by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Joseph Lelyveld.
"Gandhiji was a respected leader and is known as the
father of nation. He led the freedom movement of India. The
government will initiate steps to ensure that the book is not
published in the state," Industries Minister Narayan Rane told
the Legislative Council on Tuesday.
The minister also informed that the state government
would write to the Centre for not publishing the controversial
Congress MLC and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress
Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre said in the upper
house that the book `Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His
Struggle with India` has maligned the character of the Father
"This is very serious that the author of the book has
raised questions about the character of Gandhiji who initiated
non-violence movement. I condemn the book and this should not
be made available," Thakre said.
The MPCC president also appealed to members of the
House to join hands on the issue. Thakre said he would request
the central government on behalf of the Council members to
take strict "action" on the issue.
The book written by Joseph Lelyveld reportedly carries
controversial references about the Mahatma.
Supporting the demand by Thakre, Chairman of the House
Shivajirao Deshmukh said that the government should enquire
the matter in detail and take appropriate action.