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We have another Gandhiji in Modi, says Mahesh Sharma

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NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (Independent Charge), Mahesh Sharma, said on Thursday Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “another” Mahatma Gandhi who, like the Father of the Nation, has inspired many generations.

Sharma was speaking at the launch of a book on Gandhi’s salt satyagraha. “Today, among us, we are fortunate to have another Gandhiji in the form of our Prime Minister, who is an inspiration,” he said.

The Minister, while talking about Gandhi’s contribution to the Independence struggle, noted that the salt satyagraha was not just about a pinch of salt, but about inspiring generations, something that the PM is also espousing.

“He (PM) started with the promise that the glow of freedom would reach every person in the country. His dream is to fulfil the dreams of Gandhiji. The Ministry of Culture is duty bound and committed to spreading his dreams and thoughts throughout the world for the sake of humanity,” Sharma said.

The book, Historical Background to the Imposition of Salt Tax under the British Rule in India (1757-1947) and Mahatma Gandhi’s Salt Satyagraha (1930-31) against the British Rule Background’, has been authored by YP Anand, former Director, National Gandhi Museum.

“This book is extremely important for India, especially in the present times, wherein there is a need for humanity in the world,” the Minister added.