Odisha govt withdraws brochure describing Gandhi’s death ‘accidental reasons’

Bhubaneswar: Odisha School and mass education minister Samir Ranjan Dash on Saturday announced in the assembly about the withdrawal of controversial brochure that described Mahatma Gandhi died due to accidental reasons.

The Minister said the error was unintentional and a revised brochure will be printed and circulated within one month.

He also informed that the government has disengaged an employee and sought an explanation from two others in connection with the wrong brochure that attributed Mahatma Gandhi’s death to accidental reasons.

The two-page booklet “Aama Bapuji: Eka Jhalaka” (Our Bapuji: A Glimpse) said Mahatma Gandhi died due to accidental reasons on January 30, 1948. It triggered a row as politicians and intellectuals condemned the blunder.

The brochure published on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi said Gandhi “died due to accidental reasons in a sudden sequence of events on January 30, 1948, at Delhi’s Birla House”.