On Gandhi's death anniversary, Hindu Mahasabha recreates his assassination
In a shocking incident, right-wing outfit Hindu Mahasabha recreated the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on his death anniversary, Wednesday, in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh. A video of the incident went viral on social media and has received flak from all quarters. The clip shows the body's national secretary Puja Shakun Pandey shooting the effigy with an artificial gun. Here's what happened.
Pandey garlanded Nathuram Godse, Gandhi's assassin
Dressed in a saffron attire, Pandey pulled the trigger in the video due to which red-colored liquid (fake blood) flowed from the effigy. Further, Pandey also garlanded the photo of Nathuram Godse, Gandhi's assassin who murdered him in 1948. The outfit distributed sweets among its supporters. Notably, another video has surfaced which showed Pandey posing with gun and effigy before the shooting.
The video of the incident goes viral
Earlier, Hindu Mahasabha celebrated 'Shaurya Diwas' on January 30
While the entire nation remembers the father of the nation on January 30, Hindu Mahasabha doesn't. In the past, the outfit celebrated the day as 'Shaurya Diwas' to hail the bravery of Godse for killing Gandhi. The members of the outfit blame Gandhi for the partition of India in 1947. However, this is the first time Hindu Mahasabha recreated the appalling act.
Twitter users united to slam Hindu Mahasabha
As the video surfaced on Twitter, many condemned the act. Journalist Aarti Tikoo Singh wrote: Anyone celebrating the assassination of the father of the nation, is essentially celebrating violence. In other words, these Hindu Mahasabha loonies are undermining Indian Constitution and law. Senior journalist Aditya Raj Kaul tweeted: Crazy. Morons. There were many who wondered if an action would be taken against these people.
Meanwhile, leaders of the country remembered the Mahatma
Since morning many political leaders paid respects to Mahatma Gandhi. PM Narendra Modi tweeted: We reiterate our commitment to follow the path shown by him and abide by the values he stood for. While President Ram Nath Kovind wrote: On Martyrs' Day, we gratefully remember Mahatma Gandhi and the countless freedom fighters who sacrificed their all for our Independence.