Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Rajmohan Gandhi, has broken two myths about Gandhi in a recent talk. One was about the widely mistaken story about Gandhi that he did not try to save Bhagat Singh from Gallows.
The second one was that Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were arch rivals. But in his talk at Doon school, Rajmohan Gandhi said that Gandhi tried his level best to save Bhagat Singh but failed. Rajmohan also revealed the fact that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was one of the closest friend of Gandhi.
Rajmohan is the son of the late Devdas Gandhi, son of Mahatma Gandhi. ‘My grandfather did everything possible to stop the execution of Bhagat Singh’, Rajmohan, who is in Dehradun at the invitation of Sarvodaya Mandal, Dehradun, stated this while addressing students of Doon.
Breaking the myth that Mahatma did not make full efforts to save Bhagat Singh from the gallows, Rajmohan said, The Mahatma did everything to his fullest ability to stop the execution, but in 1931 it was the British imperialism that was ruling India and his efforts did not bear fruit. Thus it is wrong to blame Mahatma for it.'Defying the arch-rivalry of Mahatma Gandhi and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Rajmohan says, 'While Gandhi had differences over Netaji’s style of working, he was also his closest friend and had nothing in opposition to him.'
He said it was wrongly said that Mahatma Gandhi was opposed to Netaji getting elected as the President of the Indian National Congress. 'Gandhi had only reservation on Netaji getting elected for the second time as the Congress President and thus suggested the name of Pattabhi Sitaramayya, who finally lost to Netaji in the Tripuri session of the Congress,' Rajmohan added.
One query was about the dynastic politics. Unlike Nehru family, why didn’t Gandhi family turn into politics of power? Rajmohan’s answer was simple- the Gandhi family was never dynastic. He said the Mahatma considered the entire nation his family. He also said that every citizen had a responsibility towards the nation and it would not be proper to expect all from the Gandhi’s family.