13 April 2014

Nitin Gadkari On Swami Vivekananda

Nitin Gadkari (Marathi: नितीन गडकरी, born. 27 May 1961) is an Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician. In 2009, after BJP suffered a defeat in the general elections, Gadkari was appointed as the President of the party.

In this article you'll find Nitin Gadkari's comments on Swami Vivekananda.

"The IQ of both Swami Vivekananda and Dawood Ibrahim would be similar. . ."

On 4 November 2012, Sunday, Nitin Gadkari gave a speech at the Ojaswini felicitation function at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh to honour leading and successful women from various fields. There he compared the Intelligence quotient of Swami Vivekananda and international terrorist Dawood Ibrahim.


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The portion of the speech, as published in The Times of India on 5 November (2012)—[Source]
The IQ of both Swami Vivekananda and Dawood Ibrahim would be similar, but their direction in life is so different. One used his intelligence for destructive purpose, to damage society and humanity with the spread of crime and terror while there was the other used his intelligence for the benefit of society. His thoughts remain an inspiration for the nation.

The Indian EXPRESS

The same speech, as reported by The Indian Express[Source]
In psychology, we measure IQ level of people... But it depends from person to person, in which area they use their intelligence. . . As per psychology if we can compare the IQ level of Swami Vivekanand and that of Dawood Ibrahim, then it could have been almost the same. But Vivekanand used it in nation building, brotherhood and spiritualism while Dawood used that in excelling in crime world.

Original Hindi speech

Gadkari delivered the speech in Hindi. He actually told—
विवेकानंद जी का I. Q. और दाउद इब्राहिम का I.Q., अगर scientific भाषा में बोलू तो दोनो समान था।


You may see a part of the speech in this YouTube video—

Reaction from RSS

Gadkari was widely criticised for this comparison. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) disapproved his comments. Party spokesperson Ram Jethmalani told to the media—[Source]
People like Swami Vivekananda are very respected people across the world. So when we talk about them...we have to keep in mind that sentiments of millions of people are attached to them and we should be careful about that.

Court case against Gadkari

A criminal complaint was lodged against BJP national president Nitin Gadkari and party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman in Jamnagar, Gujarat for "hurting religious sentiments".

Gadkari's denial and apology

Gadkari himself apologized very soon. He also tried to deny that he had "compared" IQ of Vivekananda and Dawood. He told—
I would like to reiterate that I never compared Swami Vivekananda with anyone. I had absolutely no intention to project Swami Vivekananda in bad light... If my words about Swami Vivekananda have hurt the public sentiments in any manner, I express my sincere regrets.[Source]

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