Mr. Gandhi has been falsely revered in India for various reasons. Several reasons can be given for this. Prevalence of Gandhians in the early Indian historians has to be the chief among them. Even during the time of Gandhi, there were very few, amounting to none, critics of Gandhi. Though he was questioned several times on his experiments on celibacy, they didn’t get much prominence. Dr. Ambedkar was the most vocal ideological opponent of Mr. Gandhi. Dr Ambedkar even spoke of the double standards in Gandhi’s preaching and practicing. Still the aura of Gandhi was maintained by his followers.
After long time, subaltern historians have again started to write about Mr. Gandhi’s racist view towards blacks during his stay at South Africa. Close look at his activism there also suggests his biased attitude towards them. Same can be said regarding his prejudices against Shudras in his native country.
Many world leaders after Gandhi considered him as their Guru and philosopher. Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. were among the most famous of them. Struggle of both these leaders were for equal rights to blacks on the same footing as whites. But Gandhi spoke diametrically opposite to what these two leaders were fighting for. What an irony !
I will cite few examples below to buttress my argument to prove Mr. Gandhi’s racist philosophy:
September 1903: “We do not wish to be understood as advocating the free immigration of Asiatic.Restrictions on immigration will be perfectly justified. We believe as much in the purity of race as we think they do, only we believe that they would best serve the interest, which is as dear to us as it is to them, by advocating the purity of all the races and not one alone. We believe also that the white race in South Africa should be the predominating race.”
March 1908: “We were marched off to a prison intended for Kaffirs. There, our garments were stamped with the letter “N”, which meant that we were being classed with the Natives. We were all prepared for hardships, but not quite for this experience. We could understand not being classed with the whites, but to be placed on the same level with the Natives seemed too much to put up with. Here was further proof that the obnoxious law was intended to emasculate the Indians. It is indubitably right that Indians should have separate cells. The cells for [Natives] were adjacent to ours. They used to make a frightful din in their cells as also in the adjoining yard. We were given a separate ward because we were sentenced to simple imprisonment; otherwise we would have been in the same ward [with the Natives].Apart from whether or not this implies degradation, I must say it is rather dangerous.They often started rows and fought amo
February 1904: “The council must withdraw the Kaffirs from the Location. About this mixing of the Kaffirs with the Indians, I must confess I feel most strongly. I think it is very unfair to the Indian population and it is an undue tax on even the proverbial patience of my countrymen.”
December 1910: “Some Indians do have contacts with Kaffir women. I think such contacts are fraught with grave danger. Indians would do well to avoid them altogether.”
Gandhi considered ‘his race’ far superior than of the natives in Africa. Hence, his struggle there was for disassociating Indians from the natives in all civil activities including train coaches and separate jail cells. He himself admits that he has been a sincere servant of the British Empire. He served as paramedics to British Army during Boring wars which were fought against natives.
I believe that someday everyone will know the truth and loath this self-styled and so called Mahatma.
By Dhammapal Avhad
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