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‘Widening gap between rich & poor biggest social evil’

Describing ‘Bapu’ as the biggest victim of polarisation – even though Nathuram Godse fired the bullet – he lashed out at ‘forces’ in the country that were against unity and allegedly promoting divide-and-rule, which was now fine-tuned’ after the country’s Independence.

‘Politicisation of polarization is the greatest danger today and we must think about situations leading to polarisation. Is social equality there? The Chhattisgarh government invited me but did not allow me to go to Bastar (where even the district collector gets kidnapped) where parents cannot provide a full meal, and have to walk miles to fetch water. In Pune, I saw a woman carrying a lota into the bushes,’ he said while lamenting the lack of toilets and privacy for personal biological needs of women.

Pointing out that today’s corporate’s 3 per cent CSR spending was not enough, Gandhi said ‘Bapu even set up a Harijan Fund which he supported by charging Rs two for his autograph, and Rs five for his photo, from people, including his own son Arun – who had his camera confiscated until he paid the money,’ he said.

Chairman of Minorities Commission, Maharashtra Munaf Hakim said though other countries have development to some extent, but social cancers remained undefeated in India – in spite of the many political parties – due to lack of unity against them.
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