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Forgave my father’s killers, says Rahul Gandhi

19 February 2021 02:37 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday displayed a humane side when he said that while the assassination of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by suicide bombers of the LTTE still hurt, he forgave the perpetrators.

“I don’t have anger towards anybody. Of course, I lost my father and for me it was a very difficult time. It is like someone has cut your heart out. I felt tremendous pain. But I don’t feel angry. I don’t feel any hatred. I forgive,” Mr. Gandhi said at an hour-long interaction with students at the Bharathidasan Government College for Women in Puducherry.

Responding to a student’s question on his feelings towards the LTTE members who assassinated his father in a suicide bombing in 1991, Mr. Gandhi spoke from his own life experience to underscore his message about the meaningless nature of violence.

Mr. Gandhi’s remarks come at a time when there is a demand for the release of the seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. To another question related to his political career despite losing his father and grandmother, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in assassinations, Mr. Gandhi said: “Understand something ... violence cannot take away anything from you. It doesn’t have that power. You can give up something, but violence cannot take anything from you. A lot of things you have heard today, they came to me from my father. So my father is talking through me. So, it’s not as if that my father is not here today.”(The Hindu)

  Comments - 6

  • BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 19 February 2021 12:39 PM

    Clear distinction between the culture of a Sri Lankan and an Indian. Despite we Sinhalese being Buddhists, we reek of revenge, jealousy and thuggery.

    Lankan Friday, 19 February 2021 03:05 PM

    Sinhalese are good but not many POLITICIANS

    Vinodh Wickremeratne Friday, 19 February 2021 06:51 PM

    A sister expressed her Brotherly Love with a Garland, not like Judy.

    Singh Saturday, 20 February 2021 02:26 AM

    So get the suspects released.

    Mandayan Saturday, 20 February 2021 02:39 AM

    It was Sri Lankan who tried first in a parade and it was Sri Lankans who did that. But why? Your fathers sent forces which killed many Sri Lankans and tried to rob our hard earned freedom and so we Sri Lankans too forgave your father too. As a nation we don’t regret too.

    Antany Saturday, 20 February 2021 10:57 AM

    He doesn't want to admit the truth 'Karma'. Whatever goes around comes around. His grandmother gave arms to Tamil groups, eventually her son paid a high price.

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