New Delhi – Gandhi once said ‘my patriotism rises from dharma. I was born as a Hindu, meaning I am a patriot. There is no need to do anything else for that.’. Hindu can never be anti-national. If he is a Hindu, he is a patriot. This is his fundamental nature – said RSS Sarsanghachalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat. He was speaking at an event to release the book titled ‘Making of a true Patriot: Background of Gandhiji’s Hind Swaraj’, authored by J.K. Bajaj and M.D. Srinivas.
Dr. Bhagwat in his address,
- Gandhi said that ‘I can become a good patriot only after I understand dharma and I can explain that to people accordingly.’ To understand swaraj it is important to understand one’s own duties.
- If one is a Hindu, he must be a patriot. He might be asleep; you might have to wake him up. But no Hindu can be anti-national.
Mahatma Gandhi's 1909 work "Hind Swaraj" is grounded in ''dharma'' which is often but inadequately translated as religion, says a new book on the father of the nation https://t.co/ALh563RWO8
— The Hindu (@the_hindu) December 26, 2020
Gandhiji did not embrace Islam or Christianity!
The book claims that ‘Gandhiji was coerced by his Muslim superiors and many Christian co-workers to convert. But he never succumbed to these efforts. Later he became a dedicated Hindu in 1905’. (It would not be surprising if Hindus feel that ‘perhaps as a Christian or a Muslim, Gandhi could not have inflicted the same amount of damage on Hindus, as he did whilst being a Hindu’ – Editor)