Newsroom, Aug 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a history of mispronouncing the names of great personalities. At least twice he had called the ‘father of the nation’ as Mohanlal Karamchand Gandhi instead of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Now, a popular television journalist of the country has sparked a controversy by giving a wrong name to Mahatma Gandhi.
In a recent television debate on his Republic TV, Arnab Goswami posed a “simple question” to one of the panellists: “Was Mohanchand Karamchand Gandhi a member of the RSS?” The topic chosen for the ‘Newshour’ debate was – “What’s wrong with chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai?”
Further, Mr Goswami went on to wrongly attribute a statement to Dr B R Ambedkar. “You, who dismissed ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ as jingoistic, what will you say to Dr B.R. Ambedkar, who you tried to appropriate at every leg and opportunity, when he wrote and I quote –The slogan Bharat Mata Ki Jai electrified the whole nation whereas if one were to raise the slogan as India Mata ki Jai, it would look fanciful and uninspiring,” said Goswami authoritatively.
Ironically, the line attributed to Ambedkar by Mr Gowswami was in fact a statement from the book written by Dr Raj Kumar, titled Ambedkar and His Writings: A Look for the New Generation (2008).
The nation wants to know whether the panellists took a unanimous decision not earn the wrath of the ever-furious anchor by correcting him.
Sorry Gandhi ji! PM Modi calls you Mohanlal; Goswami calls you Mohanchand