Sri Vishweshatheertha Swamiji a top and much respected pontiff from the tradition of 13th century Hindu philosopher Madhavacharya, has said that Gandhi ji can’t be called the ‘father of the nation’ even though he greatly admires him. The pontiff also added that he condemns all the people who glorify the killer of Gandhi.
“Calling Nathuram Godse a patriot was a big insult to the country. I am unhappy with those who gave such a statement. Mahatma Gandhi was a patriot and he is the son of India,” he said.
However, the pontiff added that the title of the ‘father of the nation’ should be used only for Vedavyasa, the legendary author of the Mahabharata and compiler of the holy Vedas, who is believed to have lived sometime around 3,000BC.
India did not begin from Mahatma Gandhiji. Our culture, tradition and nationality were awakened by Vyasa. Hence, in my opinion, Veda Vyasa is the father of our nation,” he said.
It may be recalled that BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur had termed Godse a patriot, and BJP MPs Anant Kumar Hegde and Nalin Kumar Kateel had also tweeted in Godse’s favour. All of them were forced to apologise after their statements created a storm and invoked a reprimand from the party.
Pejawar Swamiji further said, “All the political parties in the country are equal for me. The parties should have contested on their own in the recent Lok Sabha elections. The opposition parties would have won more seats if they had done so. But it did not happen. The opposition parties joined hands to defeat BJP saying that it was a communal party. This development awakened Hindutva among Hindus,” he opined.
“Only anti-Hindu narrative was seen during elections, with there were no discussions on development. The voting percentage in the country exceeded expectations. Majority Hindus wake up when religion is spoken about. Therefore, let there be discussions on development at least after this,” he said.