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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Centre Tells Schoolgirl, It Has No Info About When And How Mahatma Gandhi Became Father Of The Nation

 
Centre Tells Schoolgirl, It Has No Info About When And How Mahatma Gandhi Became Father Of The Nation
 
Lucknow, Apr 3: The Centre has told a ten-year-old schoolgirl Aishwarya Parashar that it has no specific information about when Mahatma Gandhi was accorded the title of Father of the Nation (Rashtrapita).

Aishwarya, a student of class 6 in Lucknow, had sought the information under the Right to Information Act.

She first sent her RTI application on February 13 to the Prime Minister's Office this year, reports the Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar.

The PMO had no information on the subject, and it forwarded it to the Ministry of Home Affairs,

The Ministry of Home Affairs while stating that it was a subject "outside its jurisdiction" forwarded the RTI application to National Archives of India

Finally, the Chief Information Officer of National Archives of India Jayaprabha Raveendran in a letter to Aishwarya told her that "we have no specific information that you have sought", meaning that the central government has no documents to suggest that Mahatma Gandhi was indeed accorded the title of Father of the Nation.

Aishwarya's question was simple: "When and how did Mahatma Gandhi become the Father of the Nation? "

On Monday, Aishwarya said she would write to the President and the Prime Minister to get a satisfactory reply.

She wanted to know why the nation does not have any document on this score, since it was a matter of national interest.

"I will not sit silent so long as I do not get a satisfactory reply", the schoolgirl says.