New Delhi, Feb 24: Twitterati criticised US President Donald Trump for not mentioning Mahatma Gandhi in the visitor book of Sabarmati Ashram and instead praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Trump also called him a “great friend” (PM Modi) and called his tour a “wonderful visit”. “To my great friend Prime Minister Modi – Thank you for this wonderful visit,” wrote Trump and signed the message.
It was also signed by First Lady Melania Trump. This act drew a lot of eyeballs on social media as President Trump left a message in the visitors book without any mention of Mahatma Gandhi.
A user wrote, “Clearly u, @realDonaldTrump, have no idea about the Sabarmati Ashram, the great #MahatmaGandhi and the visitors book in the Ashram. No mention of Mahatma Gandhi by President Trump in his comments in the visitors book at Sabarmati ashram #GoBackTrump.”
Another wrote, “This Is D Insult Of #MahatmaGandhi AOn His 150th Birth Anniversary Year…Mr @narendramodi Must Apologize To Nation On Behalf Of @realDonaldTrump @POTUS and Mr @realDonaldTrump himself should also apologize unconditionally for his ignorant behavior towards our #fatherofthenation.”
A post read, “Respected @realDonaldTrump @POTUS…You need to write your experience about Your visit to Sabarmati Ashram…. You can say thanks to @PMOIndia @narendramodi later… don’t insult #MahatmaGandhi ji…it’s an insult to the nation.”
“@realDonaldTrump, it’s really unfortunate if you visited Sabarmati Ashram and didn’t speak a word about #MahatmaGandhi ji. May be your friend from India might have insisted you to do so !” a user remarked.
Tweeple were quick to take screenshots of what the then US President Barack Obama had written when he visited Rajghat on January 25, 2015: “What Dr Martin Luther King Jr said then remains true today: The spirit of Gandhi is very much alive today. And it remains a great gift to the world. May we always live in his spirit of love and peace – among all people and nations.”