Monday,10 February 2020 07:13 AM IST
New Delhi: Mahatma Gandhi wanted India's unity at any price and fought for unity every moment of his public life. Also Gandhi was against dividing India on religious lines saya former President Pranab Mukherjee launching journalist M.J. Akbar's new book "Gandhi's Hinduism - The Struggle Against Jinnah's Islam" "Gandhiji's whole life was dedicated to Hindu-Muslim unity... Gandhiji is not just the father of our nation, he was also the maker of our nation... he was the moral vector to guide our action by the measure by which we are judged," Mukherjee said.
Veteran journalist M.J. Akbar's new book "Gandhi's Hinduism - The Struggle Against Jinnah's Islam" is a chrinicle upon leading facts discussing endgame of India Pakistan partician and fomation of Pakistan. Noting that "communal unity and harmony is the bedrock of India's strength and the key to its glorious future", Mukherjee said Gandhi believed in the "intrinsic power of Hinduism" of assimilation, evaluation and adaptation, "as it was inclusive and offered space for the presence of people from every faith".
To this end, the book "strongly emphasizes" the fact that "Gandhiji fought for the unity of India for every moment of his public life", rejecting "the conventional explanation that partition would be a solution to the communal problem (created by the British)", noting at a prayer meeting a month before Partition that this would lead to a conflict between India and Pakistan, Mukherjee said.
"It will go to the credit of Mahatma Gandhi that he not only saw through the designs of the British in first creating and then fostering the communal divide in India when they saw that the continuation of their rule was not viable and then did everything for their future strategic and geopolitical interests "with the Muslim League under Mr Jinnah", Mukherjee said.