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Mahatma Gandhi booklet row: Odisha government terms it an unintentional mistake

Facing widespread criticism over an official booklet describing Mahatma Gandhi’s death as an “accident”, the Odisha government on Saturday said it was an inadvertent mistake and there was no intention to feed wrong information to the children or twist the sequence of events. ⮚ A two-page government booklet “Aama Bapuji: Eka Jhalaka” (Our Bapuji: A Glimpse) -- published on the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi -- presented a brief account of his teachings, works and links with Odisha, while also stating that he “died due to accidental reasons in a sudden sequence of events on January 30, 1948 at Delhi’s Birla House”. ⮚ The matter triggered a row with political leaders and activists demanding an apology from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and immediate measures to correct the “blunder”. ⮚ School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan came out with the government response to the controversy in the state Assembly following a direction from Speaker S N Patro in this regard on Friday. ⮚ The government has already withdrawn the booklet.An official has been disengaged and two others have been asked to give explanation about the error, he added.