Bizarre Thought: Gandhi a British Agent?

M G Singh By M G Singh, 11th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2-64vk6j/
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Gandhi is a holy cow in Indian history. No doubt he played a pivitol role in the 20th century, but there is another view of his activities. I hope I can generate some discussion on this topic.

Another Face of Gandhi

Gandhi was a pivotal figure in Indian history during the 20th century. Many claim, he won freedom for India from the Raj. But there is a line of thought that postulates that Mahatma Gandhi was 'a British agent 'who did great harm to India.

This line of thought appears bizarre and bound to draw a lot of flak. Nevertheless I write such things as I believe that there must be a healthy discussion on such matters. I would like to submit that in my view the actions of Gandhi only served the cause of British rule and their ultimate agenda for the sub continent. In that respect, perhaps unwittingly he became a British agent who did great harm to India. How did this happen? Read on.

Firstly we must remember that India has tremendous diversity, so many religions, castes, races, languages, etc . Such diversity helped the British
In their policy of divide and rule. Gandhi served the cause of British interest
by constantly injecting religion into politics for many decades. Thus Gandhi furthered the British policy of divide and rule.

Gandhi's public speeches and writings as read now in various magazines bring out that right from 1915 , when he came to India from South Africa till his death in 1948, he would emphasize Hindu religious ideas e.g. Ramrajya, Go Raksha ( cow protection ), brahmacharya ( celibacy ), varnashram dharma ( caste system ), etc ( see Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi ). This cannot be denied.

Gandhi wrote in ' Young India ' on 10.6.1921 " I am a Sanatani Hindu. I believe in the varnashram dharma. I believe in protection of the cow ". In his public meetings the Hindu bhajan ' Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram ' would be loudly sung.

Indians by nature are a religious people. A sadhu or swami may preach such ideas to his followers in his ashram, but when they are preached by a political leader, what effect will these speeches and writings have on an orthodox Muslims? It will drive him towards a Muslim organization like the Muslim League, and this is exactly what happened. Was this not serving the British policy of divide and rule ? By constantly injecting religion into politics for several decades, Gandhi perhaps unwittingly acted as a British agent ?

In India a revolutionary movement against British rule had started in the early 20th century under the Anushilan Samiti, Jugantar, and revolutionaries like Surya Sen, Ramprasad Bismil ( who wrote the song ' Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamare dil mein hai ), Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqulla, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, etc ( who were all hanged by the British ). Gandhi successfully diverted the freedom struggle from this revolutionary direction to a harmless nonsensical channel called Satyagrah. This also served British interests.

Gandhi's economic ideas were thoroughly reactionary. He was against industrialization, and preached hand spinning by charkha and other such reactionary nonsense.

The 1947 Hindu, Sikh -Muslim riots in Punjab brings out his bias. With millions killed and women raped, Gandhi never ventured to Punjab. Why? Nobody, even his apologists can answer. In effect his action or inaction served British interests and helped divide India. The British created Pakistan. Its another matter that Pakistan the British creation became an en fante terrible fomenting terror groups.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2015 (#)

Though we can interpret the events now, Gandhi was a man of the moment. We can even surmise every country could have become independent without a struggle and apartheid was doomed to fail, but there was a need for leadership. Even today religions hold sway everywhere and only few are able to rise above parochial thinking.

Despite whatever failings, I respect Gandhi mainly for the reason he was a leader who inspired and mobilized people for a cause and the rest is up to us to adapt and move on, even make drastic course correction. As you know Madan, Sri Lankan Tamils fought and many Tamils were even killed by the dominant group if they took another position, but Gandhi was quite different in his approach - siva

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author avatar M G Singh
11th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva for a good discussion.

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author avatar M G Singh
11th Mar 2015 (#)

Gandhi's stress on Hinduism turned jinnah away and he began to regard Gandhi only as a Hindu leader. One should not forget that even before gandhi Jinnah was a staunch congressman.

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author avatar M G Singh
11th Mar 2015 (#)

Gandhi thus forfeited the right to be a leader of ALL indians, including Muslims and his nod to Nehru to deny the Prime Ministership to Jinnah was the end of India as a composite state. Till 1945 Jinnah never asked for Pakistan, but Gandhi and Nehru made it a reality for him.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Madan. I feel had India remained composite, we would have inherited more issues. Even now Pakistan's survival is based on pointing India as their eternal enemy. China exploits the situation by having them as our incurable migraine! But they are strange bedfellows!

My take is - let us make the best of what we have and the path we have taken and look ahead. I also believe in the unseen hand that guides our destiny as the majority in India, though cantankerous, deserve a better life. We have come thus far and I believe the past was glorious, the future will be even better though the present will appear quite messy; it could have been the pits going by what is happening in many places. We are our own worst enemies, critics, but we should survive. And Gandhi gave us direction maybe even by the mistakes he made; after all he was human with even selfish interests and taking sides - siva

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author avatar Retired
11th Mar 2015 (#)

Just proves you never know!

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author avatar Retired
12th Mar 2015 (#)

Great post!

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Mar 2015 (#)

My friend, Since I have never lived in India or near that part of the world, I'm sure hat you know much more about the situation than I do. I remember being just a boy of abut eight years when Gandhi was assassinated. I have always revered him as a great leader and human being This is all new to me. Blessings.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Interesting share.

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