Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - Factual Realities

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Following is the brief blunt dispassionate/unbiased analysis [based on the factual realities rather than the perceptual realities] of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi as a person and his contributions as a politician to India:

1. Contrary to the popular perceptual reality, the factual reality is that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was not the first Indian saintly politician to have used effectively the weapons of non-violence and Satyagraha[ civil disobedience]. just go backward a few centuries and we find that the Sikh gurus Arjun Dev and Tegh Bahadur were probably the first Indian saintly politicians/political saints who had for the first time in Indian history used the weapons of non-violence and Satyagraha[ civil disobedience]. The guru Arjun Dev had chosen non-violence to counter the political pressure of Jahangir and guru Tegh Bahadur sacrificed his own life in a non-violent struggle against the atrocities of the mughal emperor Aurangjeb! I am sure of more such examples preceding Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, being found if some industrious research scholar carried out an intensive impartial survey of Indian history!

2. Its simply that the Indian press/business in pre-independence India was controlled by banias [ [the business class] - one of the four main varnas [chaturvarnas]/castes of hindus. This class happened to be "Vaishanavas" or the followers of "Vishnu" who is said to have reincarnated as the lord Rama. Now, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an ardent follower of the lord Rama and belonged to this bania class.This bania class had never been influential politically in the Indian history till the time such as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi happened on the Indian political stage. Till then it were the Kshatryas and Brahmins who had controlled the political nerve of India! This Bania class seemed to have then realised that this Bania class was very near to capturing directly or indirectly the political power in India if only it could promote Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi -one of their own.T his the Bania class did extremely well by making full use of their control on media/business network! The result was- the Bania class projected successfully one of their own as a saintly politician- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Now, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is everywhere.......................and poor young bold lad Bhagat Singh nowhere!

3. No doubt, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi went on creating history. But, sorry to say the factual reality shows that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi did not at all go on rewriting geography! Why? Simply because it were the duo Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the iron man of India and Mohammad Ali Jinnah who actually rewrote the geography of the Indian subcontinent. Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel did it by forcing the 500 plus odd principalities to integrate into the Indian union. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did it by forcing the partition of the Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan!

4. Mohandas Jaramchand Gandhi was more of "a Confirmist" than "a Contrarian". He obeyed happily the dictates of the British empire and enjoyed all the fruits/benefits of this British empire. It was only after Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was at the age of 45-46 years thrown out of the train compartment by a white man in south Africa that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi became a staunch anti-British and remembered the sufferings of the 300 millions of his fellow Indians back in India!

5. Now, it cannot be the case that a well educated person like Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and that too upto the age of 45-46 years wasn't aware of the sufferings of his fellow Indians at the hands of the British empire. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi must have definitely as an educated person been reading English language newspapers/vernacular press reports on the sufferings of his fellow Indians at the hands of the British empire. But, his inaction till the age of 45-46 years speaks volumes on his basic instincts. Had Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi not been deprived of the special privilege of travelling in the train compartment by the white man, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi would have definitely by all accounts continued keeping quite against the British. But, once deprived of his personal privileges, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi decided to uproot the British empire. To do this, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi used shrewdly the common Indian masses who were basically uneducated, ill-informed and prone to being carried away by the mass hysteria/mesmerism that was created wittingly/unwittingly by the then press through the use of the term "mahatma"[saint] as a prefix to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, perhaps giving a false sense to these followers in terms of the supernatural powers residing in the being of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - a belief that this ‘supernatural power' of the "mahatma" shall save their lives even before the might of the police force of the British empire.

6. The use of the religious term "mahatma"[saint] evoked great respect from the then ordinary Indians who used to hold mahatmas in high regards and used to believe that these mahatmas had great supernatural powers! Contrast this "majboori" [ compulsion ] of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to enter active politics against the really self-motivated young Bhagat Singh who was barely in his teens when young Bhagat Singh decided to uproot the British empire. The young Bhagat Singh did not wait for some "Gandhian Excuse" [ such as having to be thrown out of the train compartment by a white man ] to realize and understand the sufferings of his fellow Indians at the hands of the British empire. The young Bhagat Singh on his own took initiative to dislodge the British from India.

7. It is a solid myth that India got freedom mainly due to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Not at all! He was no doubt a typical shrewd Bania who knew full well the pulse of his followers and masses. Yet, the sad factual reality is that it was due mainly to the weakening of the British empire in the world war two coupled with naval mutiny in Bombay and the arrival of Subhash Chandra Bose's Azad Hind Fauz in the north-east India that had made the British rulers painfully aware of the factual realities of all the instruments of the state[especially the defense forces] slipping away from their hands that the British rulers concluded finally in 1947 that it was time for the British to leave India forever!

8. Contrary to the popular perceptual reality worldwide of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi being a staunch votary of democracy, the unpalatable factual reality is that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a refined dictator! For example, when Subhash Chandra Bose was elected democratically the president of the Indian National Congress then Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi forced [in total disregard to the democratic norms] Subhash Chandra Bose to resign from the presidentship and instead had his own man foisted as the president of the Indian National Congress. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi talked nice things about democratic norms only as long as these democratic norms suited his basic dictatorian instincts!

9. Perhaps, it was a subliminal revulsion for Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's dictatorian instincts that the congress leaders didn't disband the Indian National Congress despite Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's sincere correct desire that the Indian National Congress was disbanded in 1947 with the Indian National Congress having seen India achieve independence. Also, perhaps, it was a subliminal revulsion for/revolt against Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's dictatorian instincts that the congress leaders agreed to India's partition despite Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's sincere correct desire that the Indian National Congress ought to have worked sincerely to dissuade effectively Mohammad Ali Jinnah not to press for the partition!

I would conclude this paper by appreciating two remarkable points about Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi had the holy name of lord Rama on his lips till the end of his life, secondly Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an excellent observer of human nature a skill which he put to his best in understanding and leading the general public of his time. Honestly speaking I am doubtful, yet I have been unable to find till date an accurate answer to the question that sometimes troubles me  - could Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi have inspired/lead effectively today's general Indians[aam vykte] who are much better/more informed/educated than their counterparts in pre-independence India?

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