India was not a country that deserved an MK Gandhi at the time. MK Gandhi was ahead of the time Ram Madhav


In “Partitioned Freedom,” Ram Madhav writes about division of hearts , not territoriality in 1947.

Nehru the man whom Gandhi often referred to”our Britishman, “our Englishman” was a advocate of freedom at any cost’ philosophy during his earlier times. He disagreed with Gandhi who was adamant about the truthfulness of both means and goals. When the movement for freedom reached its goals, Nehru included Partition also as a factor in the cost. He attempted to add an intellectual twist to the issue in his speech from August 1947, stating that “Division is better than a union of unwilling hearts”. He also said it was the case that “great events were underway” and that a portion of that glory came down to people like Jinnah and Jinnah. The same was true of other leaders, the “tired old men, hungry for power” as Ram Manohar Lohia put it.

in 1956 Nehru in 1956, Nehru told Michael Brecher Biographer of his, Michael Brecher of the time, his biographer, that Congress leadership backed Partition as they saw it was the only way to stop violence. They also were not averse with his Cabinet Mission Plan, which could have brought about the unity of India however it left the central government in a weak position. Then, in the year 1960, Jinnah confided in a letter to British Journalist Leonard Mosley that they were “tired of arguing with Jinnah and considered that Partition was most likely to be a temporary arrangement”

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Gandhi was a broken man at the time Partition was declared. “My career seems to be finished. I pray that God can spare me more shame,” He wailed, begging in pain, “I shall perhaps not be around to witness it, however should the evil I discovered take over India in the future and India’s Independence be threatened Let the future generations know what it was like for this man who was going through when he thought about it. It is not true that Gandhi was part of India’s violence.”

Gandhi isn’t completely free of the chain of events which culminated by the tragedy of the Partition of the nation however it is wrong to place all the blame on one person who was a symbol of many ideals and influenced generations of people. Gandhi was a spiritualist and the metaphysical idealist.

In the last period of Partition and the aftermath of the partition, many foreign journalists were able to visit Gandhi during the Ashram located in Wardha. For the majority people, it seemed amazing that the massive freedom movement in India was being governed by the “snake-infested backwater”.

“Wardha had a few charms. Its water had been polluted. Malaria was prevalent and the hot, oppressive heat claimed the lives of many every year” said an American journalist.

The mud- and thatch hut “a cross between a third-rate raunch and a refugee camp” was the old and frail Gandhi who was shaking up the powerful British Empire. It is likely that he was from another time and place. in 1929 Jinnah described Gandhi’s policies as “utterly unsuited to modern times and the realities we have to face in India”. The words of Jinnah proved to be more prophetic following Congress agreed to the 3rd June 3rd Plan. The Congress leaders not only denied Gandhi’s dream of a unification of India as well as his ideal of morality and political principles.

Gandhi was an individual with convictions. He once offered Viceroy Linlithgow to meet with Hitler. In an open letter, he addressed “To Every Briton” in July 1940, urging them not to join forces with Hitler or Mussolini and let them get what they want. “Britons should lie down and die as heroes of non-violence and then the war would be over” He advised.

He also gave the same advice of his fellow Bengali Hindus to “die fearlessly” in the face of their neighbors , without fighting against them. “There will be no tears but only joy if tomorrow I get the news that all three of you (have been) killed”, said he to a group of his Bengali supporters who were headed to the region for an appeal for mercy.

He encouraged women from Noakhali to be reminded of “the incomparable power of Sita”. He suggested that they kill themselves rather than give in for the Muslim hooligans. He advised them to “learn how to die before a hair of their head could be injured”. They can “suffocate themselves or… bite their tongues to end their lives”. If the methods are hard, the people should consume poison, he recommended. “His concept was not an thoughtless one. He was serious about what he said” according to Gandhi’s own notes of his speech.

His saintly innocence was misunderstood by many, and many saw inconsistent between his actions and words. However, Gandhi provided a rationale to explain why. “My goal is not to conform with previous statements I made on the subject and to be in accordance with the truth that may appear before me at any specific moment. This is why I’ve grown in truth and truthfulness” said the man.

Gandhi was a mystery for many during his at the time. Gandhi continues to stir up powerful feelings and anger today. His Bhakts raise him to the level of a godlike morality as his critics assess his work through a modern religious-political lens. Gandhi likely lived somewhere between the two.

“More than anything else my interest in India was due to Mahatma Gandhi. In addition to (Abraham) Lincoln, (Martin Luther) King and (Nelson) Mandela, Gandhi had profoundly affected my thought. As a young man I had read his writings and discovered that he spoke to my most fervent feelings,” former US President Barak Obama wrote in his memoir “A Promised Land. “His idea that ‘ Satyagraha‘ which means devotion to the truth as well as the ability of peaceful protest to awaken consciences and his insistence on our shared humanity and the universality across all religious traditions; his belief that every society has an obligation to respect its economic, political, and social structures to acknowledge the worth and dignity of all human beings – all of these concepts were awe-inspiring to me. The actions of Gandhi had enthralled me greater than the words he spoke. Gandhi put his convictions to the test by putting his faith at risk by risking his life, committing suicide and fully in the struggle of his people.” the author wrote.

M.S. Golwalkar M.S. Golwalkar Sarsanghachalak from the RSS who was wrongly detained in the Nehru government after Gandhi’s assassination In 1949, he said “If Gandhism is ‘reactionary’ in that it wants to revive the highest human values, we have no objection to be bracketed with Gandhiji as ‘reactionaries’.”

Most likely India didn’t deserve the honor of Gandhi at the time. He may have been ahead of his time. Gokhale was the man whom Gandhi identified as the “political guru” in 1915 was absolutely right in the way he described Gandhi at various times by calling him “Indomitable …, made of the stuff of which great heroes and martyrs are made, immortal, a more exalted spirit has never moved on this earth”.

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