Gandhi would have laughed at 'chatur baniya' remark for its "utter tastelessness", says his grandson

Historian Ramachandra Guha said the remark made by Amit Shah was 'crude' and 'unworthy' of the president of BJP, the country's ruling party.     

Published: 10th June 2017 06:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2017 06:30 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Gandhi laughed at cartoons of himself. He would have chuckled at the "chatur baniya" description also, but for its "utter tastelessness" and the hidden mischief in it, the Mahatma's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi said today.     

Historian Ramachandra Guha said the remark made by Amit Shah was "crude" and "unworthy" of the president of BJP, the country's ruling party.     

"Gandhi laughed at cartoons of himself. He would have laughed at this one also but for its utter tastelessness and the hidden mischief in it," Gopalkrishna Gandhi, former West Bengal Governor, told.

When contacted, Guha, the author of 'India After Gandhi', strongly reacted to the comment made by Shah at an event in Raipur yesterday.     

"The comment was crude and ill-informed, unworthy of the president of India's ruling party," Guha told.     

The BJP chief had yesterday referred to Mahatma Gandhi as a "chatur baniya" (a clever Baniya - the trading caste) while addressing a gathering in Raipur.     

Shah's also said the Congress had never been a party based on principles and it was merely a "special purpose vehicle" to secure freedom.

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