At a book launch over the weekend, Suhel Seth started out by saying that he didn’t want to be beaten up in Mumbai and then proceeded to volley verbal bombs into the audience that were as compelling as they were contentious. After drawing attention to Feroze ‘Gandhy’ and his conveniently misspelt last name, Seth made a tongue-in-cheek comment about how Indira Gandhi’s husband was just a “good Parsi fellow who happened to marry the wrong chick. It happens to a lot of people.” Had guests attending the local unveiling of author Laxmi Tendulkar Dhaul’s ‘In the Shadow of Freedom’ not been a particularly progressive lot, Mr. Seth may well have ended up black and blue (apart from his black shirt and jeans that is) courtesy some of his more loaded comments about the unrelated M.K. Gandhi. Modi-bashing and Gandhi-bashing may be trendy these days, but it’s still best to leave the Mahatma out of it.
PS: We’re in the process of reading Laxmi Tendulkar Dhaul’s ‘In the Shadow of Freedom.’ Go out and get yourself a copy.
Article by -Sonali Velinker Kamat
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