Nagpur: After US President Donald Trump made no mention of Mahatma Gandhi in the visitors’ book at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, many on social media expressed displeasure and compared him to former US president Barack Obama who had heaped praises on ‘Father of the Nation’. Also Read - Trump Makes No Mention Of Mahatma Gandhi In His Note at Sabarmati Ashram, Netizens Recall Obama's Visit
Miffed by the same, Mahatma’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi on Monday said that it seemed Trump did not find visiting the Ashram set up by Gandhi a worthwhile experience. Also Read - 'Great Friend Modi...’, Here's What President Trump Wrote in Sabarmati Ashram's Visitor Book
Here’s what the US president had written in the visitors’ book:
“The visit of President Trump to Sabarmati Ashram, a clip that has been doing rounds since morning as to how the President is spinning the charkha, but if you look carefully you will see that it was the First Lady who was spinning the charkha wheel,” Tushar Gandhi told ANI.
“On being prompted also, the President was not actually participating in that in any way. He was just sitting there and posing. Also, the message that he has written in Sabarmati Ashram (visitors’ book) does not seem to reflect that he felt it was a worthwhile experience. He has basically just written a thank-you message to his friend PM Modi,” he added.
Soon after arriving in India on Monday, US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania visited the Sabarmati Ashram to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. As Mahatma Gandhi’s famous hymn ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ played in the backdrop, the US first couple sat beside each other, while trying their hands on the Charkha.
Later, Trump wrote a message in the visitors’ book of the ashram, which reads, ‘To my great friend Prime Minister Modi, Thank you for this wonderful visit!’.