Barack Obama just dropped a bomb.
No, it was not on Afghanistan or Iraq or ISIS strongholds or any other country America hates.
It was on India!
Obama dropped the R-bomb on India and said that the world’s largest democracy is as intolerant as those who don’t like Kim Kardashian breaking the Internet. (Okay, we made up that silly comparison!)
Seriously, Obama said that Mahatma Gandhi would have been shocked if he could see the religious intolerance in India of the 21st century.
India is “full of magnificent diversity – but a place where, in past years, religious faiths of all types have, on occasion, been targeted by other peoples of faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs.”
The United States president said acts of intolerance in India “would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation.”
He had echoed similar sentiments before leaving India after gracing the country’s Republic Day parade on January 26.
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The White House had then tried to tamp down murmurs that the comment was a veiled reference to the rise in Hindutva politics under the Modi government.
Evidently, people took offence and spoke on Twitter with the hashtag #ShockedGandhi, expressing what could have actually shaken our Bapu. Obama is not entirely wrong because:
Obama did not mention any particular political party by name. And he also mentioned the wrongs committed during the Crusades and the Inquisition.
But some would like to believe that…
This is, however, the debate-ender.