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1622, private and public transport — rail, while?Moto Z will remain the premium series for Motorola For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsUpdated: April 4 2015 1:48 am Mahatma Gandhi’s body on the terrace of Birla House as mourners wait below (right); book cover Related News Book: The Death and Afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi Author: L Makarand Paranjape Publisher: Random House Pages: 348 pages Price: Rs 599 This book is a meditation on a haunting India’s tryst with modernity began with genocide and patricide an “epochal event” that Indians have evaded for decades The author notes that it was Gandhi’s disciple Sarojini Naidu whose eloquent national broadcast of February 1 1948 launched the Mahatma’s afterlife at the same time as it sought to “interdict a national soul-searching” Naidu’s speech ended with her wishing him no rest Paranjape is at his most sensitive here bluntly telling us that there can be no escape apart from a transcendence of the two-nation theory Paranjape’s book traverses many moral and psychological themes Above all he links the murder of Gandhi to Partition reminding us that it was “the slaying of a dream the dream of communal harmony… his murder was an act of communal hatred” He also meditates upon philosopher BK Mallik’s assessment of the event as a final rejection “of the Indian tradition in its entirety” Partition did not resolve communal rifts but institutionalised them Gandhi had warned that without mutual friendship and security for all minorities independence would be imperilled About those who combined hatred with slogans of Akhand Hindustan he remarked: “There is nothing in common between me and those who want me to oppose Pakistan except that we are both opposed to the division of the country There is a fundamental difference between their opposition and mine How can love and enmity go together” That is why he planned to lead kafilas to take refugees back to their homes in both countries Like Badshah Khan Gandhi cannot be confined to a nation-statist frame As Paranjape notes his memory disturbs us and it is this disturbance that explains his afterlife Although the book develops many lines of theoretical inquiry an interrogation of the crucial term “nation” would have been appropriate Nationalism has emerged as a civic religion and patriotism a political form of prayer As such it can combine zealotry even with atheism Gandhi’s religiosity was not the basis of his nationalism but the source of his philosophical questioning Religious nationalists whether Hindu or Muslim conflated the two producing a hateful perversion that Gandhi intuitively named irreligion Those who mistake Hindutva for sanatan dharma forget that nation-worship is a manifestation of right-wing atheism an identitarian numbers-game The discourse of national homelands for religious communities turned faith into geo-politics; and replaced metaphysics with raison d’etat To mix philosophy with nationalismrenders wisdom itself into an ideology and it is good to remember that ideology is the antithesis of wisdom Paranjape believes that accusations of being involved in the murder directed at the RSS are “best described as political” That may be true but so too are its protestations of innocence As Patel put it “in the case of a secret organisation like the RSS which has no records of membership… securing of authentic information whether a person is an active member or not is a very difficult task” There were intelligence reports about the Sangh’s plans for terror The AICC resolution of November 16 1947 referred to the RSS the Muslim National Guard and the Akali Volunteers as “private armies” a menace to India’s freedom Paranjape mentions the ban on the RSS but omits the contents of the communiqué which ended thus: “the cult of violence sponsored and inspired by the activities of the Sangh has claimed many victims The latest and the most precious to fall was Gandhiji himself” Given Paranjape’s call for truthfulness the Sangh’s violent activities required attention That Gandhi embodied the persistence of love in the midst of hate was manifest in the worldwide shock at his death He foresaw his assassination and Paranjape makes a compelling argument about the Mahatma’s ultimate oblation towards transforming people’s hearts He cites the American Vincent Sheean recounting the “wavelike disturbance” in his head as he recoiled from the shock: “I felt the consciousness of the Mahatma leave me then – I know of no other way of expressing this: he left me” Fazlul Haq one-time premier of Bengal compared the assassination to the tragedy of Karbala Rajagopalachari compared him to Socrates and Jesus Gandhi’s stature was a combination of temporal and spiritual authority says Paranjape and this is why the elision of his assassination is “a question of gigantic proportions” He reminds us that patricide is so heinous to Hindus as to be incomprehensible He re-iterates that partition ideologies destroy societies Hence it is puzzling to read his query about whether the current “majoritarian political formation” might emerge as a “better guarantor of religious and cultural pluralism” The author repeatedly criticises Hindu nationalists for the lie that Gandhi was partial to Muslims His last fast was meant to restore communal peace in India’s capital; and above all marked his steadfast rejection of revenge regardless of who indulged in it Yet Nathuram Godse did not consider Gandhi the father of the nation but the father of Pakistan Those were his words In which case killing him was not patricide — Godse’s admirers name it Gandhi-vadh Whom do we execute if not criminals Mahatma Gandhi is among a handful of world historic figures who illuminate the potential of human goodness By sacrificing his life avers Paranjape he “overturned the mechanics of Partition countering the engines of hatred violence domination destruction and death Just as he did not live in vain the Mahatma did not die in vain either” This moving assessment requires a caveat The engines of hatred still turn some among us still celebrate his death Gandhi’s life is a compass How we use it is up to us The riddle remains unresolved but Makarand Paranjape has labored courageously to place it before us I urge Indians of all faiths to read it Ja ja varde mandir maseeti Kadi mann apne vich vadeyaa nahi Avein lardaa hai shaitaan de naal bandeya Kadi nafz apne naal ladeya nahi You keep entering temples and mosques But you never entered your own mind.30 am on Sunday. or terrorism against, “Mediapersons are requested to take care of their security and others’ too… We are worried for you… We do organise press conferences and issue press statements to reply to your questions… We will follow this in the future too, impressed by the new initiative, In all, 2017 5:07 pm As the atmospheric pressure fell to 1. ?

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