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PM Modi Claims World Did Not Know Gandhi Until Film Was Made on Him

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks in an interview have ignited a debate regarding Mahatma Gandhi’s global recognition prior to Richard Attenborough’s film on him.  Modi claimed that before the 1982 movie, the world had little awareness of Gandhi’s legacy, stirring reactions from political opponents.

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In response, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi countered, suggesting that only a novice in political studies would require a movie to grasp Gandhi’s significance. 

Modi further asserted that figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela were more widely known internationally before Gandhi. This claim prompted scrutiny, given Gandhi’s profound influence on global leaders and movements for social justice.

Jairam Ramesh, Congress’s communications head, criticized Modi, accusing him of undermining Gandhi’s legacy during his tenure. Ramesh pointed to the alleged neglect of Gandhian institutions under Modi’s government and invoked Nathuram Godse’s assassination of Gandhi in relation to extremist ideologies.

In a subsequent video statement, Rahul Gandhi stated  that those influenced by certain ideological backgrounds might struggle to comprehend Gandhi’s philosophy. He reiterated Gandhi’s global impact and highlighted the enduring relevance of truth and nonviolence in contemporary discourse.

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