Hyderabad: Paying rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary on Wednesday, former minister and ex-Leader of Opposition in Telangana Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir said that teachings, thoughts and views of Gandhiji would remain eternal and continue to inspire several generations.
Shabbir Ali, along with other senior leaders of Congress party participated in the Congress Sandesh Yatra from Charminar to Gandhi Bhavan on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Shabbir slammed US President Donald Trump for calling Prime Minister Narender Modi ‘Father of the Nation’.
He gave an interesting comparison between Mahatma Gandhi and PM Modi and said that the latter had no stature even to be compared with Gandhiji. “Mahatma Gandhi was an institution in himself while Modi is BJP’s poster boy. He is a model, a poser and an actor.
Modi even did modelling for Jio, PayTM and also Khadi. Gandhji led the struggle for independence and brought freedom for the country. But PM Modi suppressed people’s freedom, manipulated elections, openly lied and cheated entire country with ‘Jumlas’ like ‘Achche Din’ and ‘Vikas’,” he said.
“Mahatma Gandhi was highly qualified and a reputed lawyer while Modi’s academic qualification is still a mystery although he claims to hold a BA and MA degree. Gandhiji used to wear a dhoti, eat ordinary food and believed in simple living.
But Modi wears suits and jackets worth lakhs of rupees and even changes them thrice a day on some occasions. He eats costliest mushrooms. Mahatma Gandhi toured entire India and villages to meet people while Modi is a frequent flyer. He toured almost all countries in world map. But he never visited any village in the last 6 years,” he said.
Shabbir Ali pointed out that Mahatma Gandhi’s words still inspire the world. But PM Modi reads his speeches from a teleprompter and entire content is written by PR and branding agencies. Gandhiji embraced poor Indians without any discrimination.
But Modi hugs only leaders of foreign countries. Have you ever seen Modi hugging any Indian? He even felt hurt when Rahul Gandhi hugged him in Parliament,” he said.
The Congress leader said that Mahatma Gandhi believed in truth and non-violence (Satya and Ahimsa) throughout his life. But Modi’s foundation stands on corpses of innocent people of Gujarat in 2002 communal riots. His government gained strength from killing of innocent people in mob-lynching. He played politics over martyrdom of CRPF Jawans in Pulwama and did not even meet their families after winning elections, he said.
Further, he said Mahatma Gandhi had great companions like Pandit Nehru, Sardar Patel, Moulana Azad, etc., while Modi’s companions include Home Minister Amit Shah who once went to jail on murder charges and Chinmyanand Swamy who is now in jail on rape charges.
Shabbir Ali said nobody takes Donald Trump’s views seriously. Even many Americans consider Trump as a crazy man who speaks without applying any thought. “It is highly regrettable that Modi personally did not counter Trump’s statement.
Some ‘Godi Media’ channels even conducted online polls to declare Modi as ‘Father of India’. A person who abandoned his wife and poses for pictures with old mother for political gains cannot even understand the meaning of a being a ‘Father’,” he said adding that the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi would continue to inspire India and the world. (INN)