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Joseph Lelyveld’s book ‘Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India’ received a strong condemnation from the Chief Minister and the Gandhi followers in Gujarat.

Shri Modi demanded a public apology from the author and the publisher of the book. “The writing is perverse in nature. It has hurt the sentiments of those with capacity for sane and logical thinking”, the Chief Minister said announcing the ban on the book.

On his blog, Shri Modi said, “Mahatma Gandhi’s life and work have always been analyzed. But recently a foreign author named Joseph Lelyveld has portrayed Mahatma Gandhi with abnormal and outrageous mentality in his book. I express my rebuke regarding the same”.

He said, “We take great pride and honor to have such legendary leaders of the Indian legacy and hence the depiction about Mahatma Gandhi made by Joseph Lelyveld deserves to be despised. We wish that the author and the publisher of the book accept their mistake and render a public apology. This shall not be tolerated under any circumstances. Government of Gujarat has already decided to completely ban the book.”

“I believe, considering the agitation of people in India, even the Central Government shall announce ban on the book with immediate effect”, he said.

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PM addresses gathering at the swearing-in ceremony of the Council of Ministers of Assam
May 24, 2016
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PM Modi attends swearing-in ceremony of the Council of Ministers of Assam
The new Government would serve the people of Assam and transform the State through development: PM
Union Govt working on the principle of cooperative federalism, want to give States maximum strength to enable them to progress
Centre and the States must walk shoulder to shoulder for development: PM

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed a large gathering at the swearing-in ceremony of the Council of Ministers of Assam.

He congratulated the people of Assam and said that in Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, they had a Chief Minister from the tribal community who is dedicated to serving society.

He expressed confidence that the new Government would serve the people of Assam and transform the State through development.

The Prime Minister said that the Union Government is working on the principle of cooperative federalism, and wants to give States maximum strength to enable them to progress. He said democracy is about bhaagidaari (participation), and said the Centre and the States must walk shoulder to shoulder for development. He stressed the need for comprehensive and all-round development of the nation, and especially the eastern part of the country.

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