Mahatma Gandhi did not have law degree, claims J&K LG Manoj Sinha

Manoj Sinha

Manoj Sinha, the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, has said that Mahatma Gandhi had no law degree and just a high school diploma.

“There is a misconception among educated people that Mahatma Gandhi had a law degree. Gandhi had no degree,” Sinha said at the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Memorial Lecture, which took place on Thursday, March 23, at ITM Gwalior.

“Who would say Gandhiji was not educated? Nobody has the courage to say that. But did you know that he did not have a single university degree or qualification? There are many of us who think that Mahatma Gandhi had a law degree. No, he did not. His only qualification was a high school diploma. He qualified to practise law. He did not have a law degree…. (But) Just look how educated he was…Our Father of the Nation,” he said.

“Gandhi made a significant contribution to the country. But the truth was the central focus of everything that was accomplished. If you look at all the aspects of his life, there was nothing besides the truth in his life. Whatever the challenges, Mahatma Gandhi never abandoned truth & identified his inner voice. As a result, he became Father of the Nation”, he said.

“Let me make it clear that don’t only indulge in formal connection with the degree and what you think is education. Only a degree is not education,” he asserted.

As a result of Sinha’s comments, there was a discussion on social media. The leader of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) party in Telangana made fun of the BJP politician, tweeting, “WhatsApp university graduates after all,” with a video.

Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson Tushar Gandhi the claim.

“M. K. Gandhi passed 2 Matrics 1 from Alfred High School Rajkot, 2nd it’s equivalent in London, British Matriculation. He acquired, by studying & passing exams a Law Degree from Inner Temple, a law College affiliated to London University & simultaneously got two diplomas one in Latin the other in French. Issued to educate the Deputy Governor of J&K,” Tushar Gandhi tweeted.

Slamming Sinha’s remarks, Tushar Gandhi tweeted, “I have dispatched a copy of Bapu’s Autobiography to Rajbhavan Jammu with the hope that if the Deputy Governor can read he will educate himself.” “I agree, Bapu did not hold a degree in Entire Law!” Tushar Gandhi tweeted.


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