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Truth about Gandhi

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

 

Those who have followed my blogs and writings know that I have tried to balance out the hagiography of Gandhi as a saint.  This I have done very consciously because the deification of Gandhi automatically means – to many naive immature minds- that anyone who opposed Gandhi, like Jinnah or Ambedkar, was automatically a villain.  The idea has never been to replace Gandhi the saint with Gandhi the monster but to state a few facts that have been deliberately written out of history. Gandhi’s position in history is uncontested. He is a great man warts and all.

All that I have written over the years has been from the horse’s mouth – Gandhi’s own words and actions.  For this Indian trolls and some foolish Pakistani ones have attacked me repeatedly, called me a bigot and what not. Well yesterday Patrick French published this article in the Daily Telegraph which re affirms every single claim I have made about Gandhi:

An important origin of the myth was Richard Attenborough’s 1982 film Gandhi. Take the episode when the newly arrived Gandhi is ejected from a first-class railway carriage at Pietermaritzburg after a white passenger objects to sharing space with a “coolie” (an Indian indentured laborer). In fact, Gandhi’s demand to be allowed to travel first-class was accepted by the railway company. Rather than marking the start of a campaign against racial oppression, as legend has it, this episode was the start of a campaign to extend racial segregation in South Africa. Gandhi was adamant that “respectable Indians” should not be obliged to use the same facilities as “raw Kaffirs”. He petitioned the authorities in the port city of Durban, where he practised law, to end the indignity of making Indians use the same entrance to the post office as blacks, and counted it a victory when three doors were introduced: one for Europeans, one for Asiatics and one for Natives.

I wrote my first article on Gandhi’s racism in South Africa in 2005.  Here it is.  For this I was abused, attacked and denigrated by Indians and our golden hearted let us hold hands sing kumbaye Pakistanis alike.  I have written several since.  Let me again state if there is any confusion- I do not deny that Gandhi was an extraordinary man, but he was a man regardless, not a saint, not infallible and he certainly made lots of mistakes. 

Yasser Latif Hamdani is a lawyer and a blogger. Visit his blog.

 

 

 

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42 Responses to "Truth about Gandhi"

  1. Skeptic India Safari iPad says:

    In Martin Luther King’s words : “As I read, I became deeply fascinated by his (Gandhi’s) campaigns of nonviolent resistance. As I delved deeper into the philosophy of Gandhi, my skepticism concerning the power of love gradually diminished, and I came to see for the first time its potency in the area of social reform.”
    Too bad, YLH and Patrick French were not there to enlighten poor gullible King about Gandhi’s racism and bigotry.

  2. Chote Miyan United States Safari Mac OS says:

    Skeptic,
    MLK allegedly consorted with a variety of prostitutes. I have yet to hear a serious commentator preface Dr. King’s achievement with this juicy aspect of his life. The funny thing is that people like YLH live in a world of their own, and indulge in this celebratory dance every time some new “revelation” comes up. As if we never heard this before. The ignorance is dumbfounding. Gandhi wrote voluminously and even a lay reader knows facts about his sexual “perversion” and the racism of his early years. In comparison, the dear old Quaid left his palatial house in Bombay to be rented ***only*** to a foreign, preferably European, dignitary. Apparently, his much suffering countrymen were not up to scratch.

  3. Vish United Kingdom Google Chrome Windows says:

    Don’t be too harsh on the author. Pakistan’s present and future is so bleak that it is far more comforting to live in the past pontificating on Jinnah, Nehru, Gandhi etc. Effective enough to disengage from the ills of the present. Therapy anyone?

  4. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Perhaps it was Dr King’s juicy aspect of his life which was similar to that of JFK and Gandhi and which cost them their lives taken away from them by the guy called Nobody.

    YLH is extraorinary emotional as south East asians are, but let no one challenge his articles without having done the proper home work. It was quite natural of Gandhi to demand a better treatment versus that which was granted to negroes at the time by the white colonialists.

    Rex Minor

  5. akb Pakistan Safari Unknow Os says:

    @ylh
    It’s worthwile for u to concentrate and apply yr mind to current issues rather than delving on non issues such as Gandhi, Ambedkar or Jinnah. None of them surpasses Mirja Ghulla n his cult in ingenuity, wickedness n disloyalty to Indo Pak people including Muslims, Hindus, Christians n Sikhs.

  6. Romain United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Please write in angrezi so that a wider audience can understand the gems (crap) you folks are coming up with.

    MG was as mortal as MAJ and vice versa. While MG evolved, MAJ devolved.

  7. Romain United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    and if i might add,

    the country of MG is evolving, while the country of MAJ is devolving.

  8. akb Pakistan Safari Unknow Os says:

    @romain
    India is the bigest rapist country in the world!! What a legacy Gandi n Nehru family left behind for their people. Jinnah was a great leader but didnot live much to see the mess created by its vainglorious people. Yes, Jinnah was a lord, MkG was a fake like Tahir Qadri, both being dramatically players of non violence card.
    Hindu na badla badla Musalmaan!!

  9. Romain United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Akb,

    whatever turns you on buddy!!! To each his own :)

  10. MilesToGo United States Safari Mac OS says:

    So, MKG is still providing comfort to pure people long after his death – its amazing.

  11. MilesToGo United States Safari Mac OS says:

    now something relevant to current century

    http://youtu.be/Vwtkqhp13ek

  12. MilesToGo United States Safari Mac OS says:

    Tarek is truly a Paki Mahatma…

  13. YLH Pakistan Safari iPhone says:

    Romain you clearly have no clue what devolving means

  14. YLH Pakistan Safari iPhone says:

    The pathetically marginal difference at long last India has achieved after decades is all due to a secular constitution and yet on the ground we are pretty much all stuck in the same rut.

    I find Indians’ new found superiority complex laughable at best

  15. Chote Miyan United States Safari Mac OS says:

    YLH,
    You should have paid attention in your basic mathematics course. Marginal difference for a country that is at least 5 times your size is still quite a bit of difference.

  16. romain United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    to degenerate through a gradual change or evolution

  17. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    The size of India matters and it will roll on for a decade to a decadent. All indicators are that its moral and social structures cannot withstand the pressures of its secular democracy with 19th century colonialist judicial system. They are the untouchables of the world and shall remain so at par with Buddhists and Buddhists of the world about whom the perception of non-violence still lingers on inspite of the massacres which went on in the so called Hindu Buddhist countries. Mahatma Gandhi will be remembered for non-violence as Dr King is remembered for the rights of blacks in the USA.

    Rex Minor

  18. MilesToGo United States Safari Mac OS says:

    YLH

    Indians are kuffar and kuffar can never be superior than Muslims. Its a well known Islamic fact.

    MilesToGo

  19. KP Canada Internet Explorer Windows says:

    YLH this secular constitution of India did not fall from sky nor was it brought by a prophet…… And when an Indian – Indira Gandhi suspended it in 70′s, it was not Amerika that came to restore it.

    While as in Pakia there is not even a peep when an elected leader is deposed …… that my friend is the difference.

  20. romain United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    KP dont waste your time. When there is an agenda logic takes a back seat.

  21. Sohail Baig United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Well written and argued by Yasser Latif Hamdani about the bigoted views of Gandhi

  22. ExWho India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Yasser Latif Hamdani has written an excellent article in today’s Daily Times.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201324\story_4-2-2013_pg3_4

    Pakistan and medieval England — Yasser Latif Hamdani

    ylh should engage himself in that, and not in Jinnah-jingoism and Gandhi-gossip. Both are dead and gone. Forget them.

    Jinnah said something positive on the 11. August 1947.

    But all his words and deeds later (as the supremo-GG of Pakistan from 14. August 1947 till his death in Sept. 1948) negated and destroyed this very speech.

    I hope this intelligent specimen of mankind named ylh understands that a broken vase cannot be repaired, re-stitched, re-used. Jinnah himself broke/destroyed his speech of 11.08.47 in the 13 months that followed.

    Genocide on Hindus, violent rape-loot invasion into Kashmir, pak military resorting to islamic fascism-fanaticism, disobedience by pak military officers (in the name of islam), vilification and humiliation of hindus, degrading/ridiculing Mahatma Gandhi after he was assassinated and so on and on – all that happened under Mohammad A. J.’s 13 month watch.

    Jinnah-jingoism is not what Pakistan needs. Pakistan needs an honest history-writing sans jingoism and islamic fanaticism and self-glorifications. Honesty and islam are incompatible since islam insists (under fear of bloodshed) on its own relentless glorification.

  23. ExWho India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    to sohail baig

    Gandhi was not bigoted towards the end of his life. Judge a human being by what he ends up as – and not by what he was in his earlier or younger foolish days.

    This is where Gandhi and Jinnah are marked as contrasts.

    Gandhi started as a simple, biased, blundering fool and evolved to become a very intelligent, wise, broad-minded man. Jinnah started as a brilliant rationalist and ended in the fangs and claws of the islamofascists and feudals who used him to get their islamofascist Pakistan. The very name Pakistan (=land of the “pure”) should have alarmed Jinnah (had he retained his earlier rational brilliance).

    Gandhi evolved towards betterment of his spirit.
    Jinnah degraded and fell into the trap of megalomania and islamic fascism.
    It happened over a period of 40 years.

    God (=Allah?) has control over neither bullets nor bacteria.

    Gandhi was assassinated by two bullets.
    Jinnah was assassinated by TB bacteria.

    Gandhi (a hindu), on his way to a prayer meeting, was assassinated (by a hindu) because Gandhi betrayed and hurt the hindus in order to please the muslims. Many called it a noble death.

    Jinnah died like an abandoned ailing dog on a road-side.

    Was justice done?

  24. ExWho India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Gandhi (a hindu) died fighting for the rights of the muslims (non-hindus).
    That is why he is morally and spiritually the superior leader.

    Jinnah (a muslim) agitated for the rights only of the muslims.
    He is just a degraded self-centered politician.

    One who fights/sacrifices for the rights of others (=those who do not belong to his own benefactor group) is a truly religious spiritual person. That was M K Gandhi.

    One who fights for the rights of his own group (=those who belong to his own ideology, religion, feudal party, loot-gang etc.) is just a mean degraded politician. That was M A Jinnah.

    There is a big big difference between Mohandas and Mohammad.

  25. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Gandhi (a hindu) died fighting for the rights of the muslims (non-hindus).
    That is why he is morally and spiritually the superior leader.

    Jinnah (a muslim) agitated for the rights only of the muslims.
    He is just a degraded self-centered politician

    BULLSHIT.GHANDHI INTRODUCED RELIGION INTO POLITICS.JINNAH WAS SECULAR.GHANDHI ALWAYS MISGUIDED MUSLIMS.muslims wanted education and education he was calling for khilafat movement.jinnah never asked muslims to die for khalifa.rss was mascaring muslims but ghandhi was bania he wanted them to die lowly through poverty.

  26. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Genocide on Hindus, violent rape-loot invasion into Kashmir, pak military resorting to islamic fascism-fanaticism, disobedience by pak military officers

    A LIE,
    ON 6TH NOV 1947 RSS AN MAHARAJA MASCARED 250000/MUSLIMS IN JAMMU ONLY.GO TO BRITISH PAPERS AND SEE.

  27. wonderer India Safari Mac OS says:

    Will YLH please tell us why he is so obsessed with Gandhi and Jinnah?

    India has moved on beyond Gandhi. Gandhi will always be remembered, but he is no more relevant to future of India in the practical sense. There will never be a Pakistan of Jinnah’s wishes. Why not let him and Gandhi rest in peace?

  28. ExWho India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Does no one care about my comments except this hate-spitting, islamo-crazy, islamically indoctrinated, stubborn-head?

  29. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    Can any one reckons that one can reason wih hate? Gandhi was on his way to prayer meeting, some one is telling us that Gandhi betrayed and hurt the hindus to please muslims and then in the same breadth, Gandhi was a true religious spirtual person?

    what a lot of cobbles. I have got news for Mr Who. Anyone with the name Gandhi in the political arena runs the risk of confronting violence. This is the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi; the one who debauches with family women and betrays his larger Hindu family is not a trustworthy individual. So calm down and let facts speak for themselves which YLH has tried to put forward, there is no logic in truth.

    Rex Minor

  30. Rex Minor Germany Google Chrome Windows says:

    PS
    Welcome to the club of Islamophobiasts and sexophobists. You have to wait your turn for the jab. There are too many before you in the que.

  31. G. Ali United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    “Gandhi evolved towards betterment of his spirit.”

    Really sleeping with his grand-niece was evolution? if you want to fool yourself that is your precognitive, we refuse to be fooled.

  32. G. Ali United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    “Jinnah died like an abandoned ailing dog on a road-side.”

    And Gandhi died like … well I would rather not insult any of God’s creature.

  33. G. Ali United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    “Will YLH please tell us why he is so obsessed with Gandhi and Jinnah?” why are you so obsessed about what any Pakistani thinks? may be because your suicide rate is 11% higher that Pakistan or is it because (as per Markandey Katju) 90% of Indians are idiots.

    http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-12-08/india/35688554_1_justice-markandey-katju-hindus-and-muslims-fight-press-council

  34. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Muhammad Ali has only a few months left?
    04.02.2013 | Source:
    Pravda.Ru

    Muhammad Ali has only a few months left?. 49280.jpeg

    According to the brother of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, the athlete’s health has worsened considerably lately. The 71-year-old athlete can no longer recognize Rahman Ali; he does not speak either.

    “It is very bad and very sick. Maybe he has a few more months left, maybe – a few days. I do not know whether he lives before summer. It’s all in the hands of the Lord. We hope that he will pass away easily,” Rahman told reporters.

    In 1984, the 42-year-old heavyweight boxer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In 2011, Mohammad Ali collapsed and was rushed to hospital, says FOX Sports.

    Rahman said that he would prefer his brother to pass away quickly to avoid the sufferings that the whole world could witness during the past two decades. “He will go to heaven, no doubt. If his funeral were held tomorrow, all statesmen of the world would come. He touched everyone – the rich and the poor alike. I love my brother more than anyone else in the world. He is the best of all the famous people who have ever lived on Earth. Everyone knows Muhammad Ali. He is along with Jesus Christ

  35. Rockstah India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    he is along with jesus christ…. who he left and embraced mohmad. Cassius Clay became Mohamed Ali….sighhhhh

  36. Rockstah India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Muslims of India didnt want education…they wanted religion. Darool Uloom was established much before AMU.

  37. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    this year cbse and ias toppers are muslim.because of financial reasons muslims are not able to go school.because of descrimination muslims dont get proper job. muslims are hard working people golden gooze of indian economy.muslims need darul uloom nd amu both.

  38. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    ExWho says:
    February 4, 2013 at 9:20 pm
    Does no one care about my comments except this hate-spitting, islamo-crazy, islamically indoctrinated, stubborn-head

    u are a chutia nobody wants to waste his time for u.brainwashed rss idiots come here very often.kisko kisko seedha karein

  39. tajender United Arab Emirates Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Gandhi will always be remembered, but he is no more relevant to future of India in the practical sense

    except hindu bania nobody remember him.brhmns killed him like street dog and distributed sweets all over india.practice which they are continuing even now.

  40. romain United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    G. Ali says why are you so obsessed about what any Pakistani thinks?ays:

    Its called know your enemy.

  41. G. Ali United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    “Its called know your enemy”. In the mean time few thousand Indian commited suicide. Instead of creating imaginary enemies you should work on improving the condition of the poor in your country.

  42. AKB Pakistan Opera Windows says:

    Muslims are commanded to hold ALL Prophets in reverence. Jesus too is a prophet of Muslims…what if Mohd Ali Clay joins hands with Isa in the hereafter?? Ofcourse when I say Hadrat Isa or Jesus I don’t mean that faux frophet Mirja Ghulla of Mulla tulla jhulla!!

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