ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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UTTAR PRADESH- Escalating Violence on Harijans

there is lot of difference between shaking hands and touching the feet. The former expresses an attitude of practising equality and the latter expresses surrender to the one whose feet are being touched. We, therefore, do not mind the president or prime minister shaking hands with any citizen, but certainly hate it when they touch the feet of citizens, irrespective of their status, Leave alone the debate that went on the public, private morality of the highest state functionaries in the west, within our own nation the PM and the president have faced tensions because of these issues. Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajendra Prasad publicly disagreed on the question. Nehru raised a serious objection when Rajendra Prasad wanted to participate in the re-construction of Somanath Temple, and also when he wanted to visit Benaras and touch the feet of priests. He even raised an objection to Prasad's observance of

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