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BENGALUR: The role of Mahatma Gandhi and former President Yitzhak Rabin was discussed by a group of two scholars at an event organized by the Israeli Consulate General in South India on Sunday.

Panelists – one from India and the other from Israel – spoke of the lives and deaths of two leaders, the similarities they shared, and their memories on the day they were both murdered. The event was held with both leaders.

Panelists were prof. Vijay Padaki, the founding faculty at the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B) and visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and prof. Gadi Ariav, associate professor, head of technology and information systems, University of Tel Aviv, Israel.

Prof Padaki said that Gandhi is a complex person who has struggled with many issues in his life. "If you look in terms of governance, you see a very different Gandhi. Even his ideas about nonviolence were complicated," he said.

The deaths of both Gandhi and Rabin were the assassinations that shocked the countries concerned. He warned of the assassination of Rabin, Professor Ariav said that Israel was a devastating, incredible event. Prof Padaki said that the assassinations were quite common, and they all came about because people could not solve their differences. "Basic psychology is the same when all communities are abolished when they stand on someone," he said.

Prof. Ariav stressed that one difference between Gandhi and Rabin was the fact that the theme of Rabinov's position in Israel was still hotly debated, unlike Gandhi's indecent status as Mahatma. "Maybe 23 years since Rabin's death is not enough time for a solution," he added.

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