Bhubaneswar, Nov 16 (LocalWire) The Odisha government on Saturday admitted lapse on its part in publishing a two-page brochure that said Mahatma Gandhi had died “accidentally”.
It was unintended and inadvertently done. The Schools and Mass Education Department will republish the leaflet and set right the mistake, the minister of schools and mass education, Sameer Das told the Odisha assembly.
The publication house which was engaged for the purpose has been disengaged. Two officials of the department has been served show cause notice as they failed in their duty in cross checking the facts on Mahatma before its circulation, he said.
It may be recalled here that the Department had brought out a two-page brochure, ‘Aama Bapuji: Eka Jhalaka’ (Our Bapuji: A Glimpse) to commemorate Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary.
In a major slipup, the brochure said that the father of the nation had died at the Birla House in New Delhi on January 30, 1948 in an accidental sequence of events, causing major embarrassment to the state government.
The depiction of Gandhiji’s assassination by Nathuram Godse as an accident had sparked off a major controversy in the state.
Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead by Godse at a prayer meeting in Birla House on that day.
“The government is glorifying the murder of Mahatma by such scandalous and misleading facts. Mahatma’s murder is a recorded fact and the assassin had been sentenced to death. But the state government is oblivious of the darkest hour of Indian history,” senior lawmaker Narasingha Mishra had stated in the assembly yesterday seeking the resignation of chief minister Naveen Patnaik.
“Let the government install Godse’s bust in villages to glorify Gandhiji’s killer,” he had stated.