Hamburg (Germany) : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he and his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were not happy after his father’s (Rajiv Gandhi) killer, LTTE chief Prabhakaran was killed, as they felt “the violence inflicted upon him had impacted others, including his children”.
While addressing a gathering at Bucerius Summer School here, Gandhi said he lost two members of his family due to violence.
“My grandmother (Indira Gandhi) and my father (Rajiv Gandhi) were both killed. So, I have suffered violence. I am talking actually from experience. The only way you can move forward after violence is forgiveness. There is no other way. And to forgive you have to understand what exactly happened and why it happened.”
He said: “To deal with it is to actually listen and act non-violently. People think this is weakness. But, in fact this is strength. My father was killed by a terrorist in 1991. In 2009, I saw the person who killed my father lying in a field in Sri Lanka.
He went on to say: “I called up my sister Priyanka and said that this is very strange, but I am not happy. I should be celebrating that the person who is dead is the person who killed my father. But somehow I am not happy. She said: ‘you are right, I am not happy either’.”
“The reason I wasn’t happy was because I saw myself in his children. So, I realised, him lying there actually means that there are kids like me who are crying,” he added, reports