In a speech on Monday, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar drew parallels between Mahatma Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hailing them as “mahapurush” of the last century and “yugpurush” of this century, respectively. The statement, made at an event celebrating the birth anniversary of Jain mystic Shrimad Rajchandra, has sparked controversy, with Congress leader Manickam Tagore deeming it “shameful” to compare PM Modi to Mahatma Gandhi.
Dhankhar, addressing the audience at Opera House in Mumbai, praised Mahatma Gandhi for freeing India from British rule through Satyagraha and non-violence. He then lauded PM Modi for leading India towards a path of success. The event focused on the teachings of Shrimad Rajchandra, who, according to Dhankhar, inspired both Mahatma Gandhi and PM Modi.
CONTROVERSIAL REACTIONS AND CRITICISM
Congress MP Manickam Tagore expressed strong disapproval of the comparison on the social media platform ‘X,’ stating that Dhankhar had “crossed all limits of sycophancy.” Additionally, Bahujan Samaj Party MP Danish Ali questioned the appropriateness of allowing an MP from the ruling party to use abusive language against a particular community in Parliament.
DIVERGENT OPINIONS ON THE COMPARISON
While Jagdeep Dhankhar statement highlights commonalities between Mahatma Gandhi and PM Modi in their inspiration from Shrimad Rajchandra, the remarks have stirred controversy due to differing opinions on the appropriateness of drawing parallels between the two leaders. The comparison has triggered debates on social and political platforms, reflecting the varied perspectives on the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.