January 30, 2003.
Indian Muslim Council-USA, a Washington based advocacy group working toward safeguarding Indian society’s pluralist and tolerant ethos, called on all Indians to recall the message of Mohandas Gandhi, the founder of modern India on the 55th anniversary of his murder.
On January 30, 1948 Gandhi, the man who led India to independence, was assassinated by a member of the fascist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). This incident took place as Gandhiji came to offer his regular all-religion prayer at Birla House in New Delhi.
Dr. Shaik Ubaid, the President of IMC-USA, said, “the principles of tolerance and non-violence that Gandhiji stood for are more relevant now than ever before. This country is now on the verge of being taken over by the evil of Hindutva-fascism and we need people to follow his teachings to save the soul of India.
” Dr. Ubaid also noted that it was ironic that the assassins of the Mahatma today rule India and are in a position to succeed in their mission – an end to pluralism and secularism. He said, “The people of India must resolve to rid this country of the RSS and its front groups, which are nothing more than a cancer. This disease killed Gandhiji and many more and won’t stop until it has killed all those who believe in secularism, tolerance and non-violence and eventually the nation itself.”
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