Gandhi would have been shocked to see India’s religious intolerance: Obama

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Washington: US President Barack Obama on Thursday said that Mahatma Gandhi would have been shocked had he seen the ‘acts of intolerance’ experienced by all religious faiths.

The comments by Obama came a day after the White House refuted suggestions that the US President’s public speech in New Delhi in which he touched upon religious tolerance was a “parting shot” aimed at the ruling BJP.

In a 25-minute address to the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama who last month visited India with First Lady Michelle called it ‘an incredible, beautiful country, full of magnificent diversity’.

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He also said that it was the place where in past years religious faiths of all types have on occasion been targeted by people of other faith, simply due to their heritage and their beliefs which according to him would have shocked Gandhiji, the person who helped to liberate that nation.