The woman, who is the leader of a right-wing Hindu group, had earlier shot the effigy of Gandhi on his death anniversary.
A leader of the far-right Hindu group Mahasabha in India has been arrested after a video of her shooting the effigy of Mahatma Gandhi went viral on social media.
Mrs. Panday is the national secretary of same Mahasabha group as Nathuram Godse, the man who killed Gandhi inside his home on 30 January 1948.
In an event which was organized by the fringe group to “celebrate” the 71st anniversary of India’s great leader, Pooja Panday was seen garlanding the photo of the man who had shot Gandhi, before using the air pistol herself to shoot the effigy.
The incident was held in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh and was followed up by the members of the group garlanding a portrait of Godse to “commemorate” his “achievement”.
After her video went viral on social media, a large number of Indians called for the woman to be arrested, with some questioning as to why the woman wasn’t being charged with sedition by the Government.
Although Gandhi is celebrated worldwide for his tolerant views and his doctrine of non-violence, he isn’t in the good books of some right-wing Hindu groups who blame him for India’s partition in 1947.
Not the first time
As shocking at it may sound, this isn’t the first time when the fringe group has tried to celebrate Godse for assassinating Gandhi.
In 2015, the group unveiled its plan to install statues of Godse in six districts across the South-Indian state of Karnataka. That plan was later shelved after protests across India forced the organizers not to go ahead with their motives.
Similarly, on 26 January this year, the Mahasabha refused to celebrate India’s Republic Day, instead choosing to call it a ‘Black Day’ unless India changes from a secular to a Hindu state.
These personalities have left a big mark in our history, and for this, we look to them with admiration and respect. However, once we set aside that lens of reverence, cracks began to appear in their personas.
Want to know more about such personalities? This article will help.
Ask Black Americans, and you’d hear what they think about Woodrow Wilson, the American President at the time of World War 1. While the rest of world sees him as the champion of democracy, human rights, and liberal International Institutions, the Black Americans remember Wilson as a bigot, racist, and chauvinist.
It was during his tenure that the Ku Klux Klan was re-born, segregation policy of the Government reached its epitome, and Black Americans were disenfranchised – both in and outside the White House.
Such diverging views about Woodrow Wilson prove the veracity of one point: some historical figures, despite all their achievements in public life, weren’t good human beings. And unlike that scoundrel in your neighborhood whose bad actions cannot cause much damage at a large scale, the actions of such personalities damaged generations.
Revered as the “Mahatma” by more than 1 billion Indians, Gandhi continues to divide opinions outside subcontinent to this day. One area where the life of Gandhi is still scrutinized is the divergence between his words and actions when it comes to sex.
Throughout his life, Gandhi preached asceticism – he even advised the newlywed couples to stay celibate for the entirety of their lives so that they can purify their souls. In his own life, however, it becomes apparent that as far as this topic was concerned, Gandhi was not a man of his words.
For instance, at the time when his father was dying, Gandhi left him to have sex with his wife. During that time, his father died. What’s more, according to his biographer Jad Adams, the Mahatma also had an inclination of sleeping right next to naked girls, with the biographer calling him “Sex Mad”.
In today’s world, it has become borderline illegal to harangue Mother Teresa. News articles want us to believe that when it comes to helping the poor, no one did more than her. So much is the pull of her achievements that the Catholic Church calls him “Saint Teresa”.
In India, however – the country where he “served” the most, the true motives of Mother Teresa have started to become appear. As reported by Times of India, the true purpose of her charitable behavior was not piety. Rather, what she wanted was to boost the number of Christians inside India.
What’s more, in a study published in Journal of Studies in Religion, it has been noted that she didn’t make full use of the charitable donations that were at her disposal.
Just like Woodrow Wilson, most people remember Winston Churchill as a war-hero. Some with a knack for history also take delight in his oratory skills. Still, there is one dark side of the former English Prime Minister which hasn’t been explored sufficiently to this date.
For example, according to a book titled Churchill’s Empire, Churchill during her youth took part in “expeditions” against the Africans. Later on, when he became a member of the Parliament, Churchill urged it to wage a war against the minorities.
These actions of his weren’t limited to Great Britain as his tenure saw the zenith of British Empire, Churchill. Regarding the Kurds, who were under British dominion at that time and wanted independence, Churchill advocated for the use of “poisoned gas” to spread a “lively terror”.
Don’t tell the children, but Walt Disney couldn’t have been farther from the comic characters due to which he became famous, and wealthy at the same time.
According to one of her associates, Ward Kimball, Walt didn’t trust cats or “women”. In one letter – which she sent to a woman who wanted to work for the Disney Corp as an animator, Disney rejected her out rightly. And the reason for her rejection? In his own words, Disney stated that women “cannot do creative work”.