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MK Gandhi, an extremist of non-violence

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Gandhi’s non-violence was of extreme (Charam-panthee) type and anything extreme is unsuitable for human society. Moreover, Gandhi’s extreme non-violence was applicable only on Hindus of British India, who were followers of the Indian National Congress. Gandhi, being the prime-mover of Congress, prevented Hindus from doing violence even in self-defence in the name of his extreme non-violence.

That culture became the trade-mark of Congress after the independence of the country. Hinduism was never an outrightly non-violent faith. Self-defence and violence against aggressors were parts of Hindu philosophy. But Gandhi cooked-up some sterile Hinduism to peddle his deceit of non-violence.

Muslims never accepted Gandhi as their leader during India’s freedom struggle. But Gandhi supported all misdeeds of Muslims from 1915 to 1948 and tried to become the champion of non-existent Hindu-Muslim unity. Even on many occasions, Gandhi sacrificed Hindus for Muslim cause.

The worst one was when, on Gandhi’s demand, Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan, who took shelter in different mosques of Delhi were driven out in the open chilly and rainy winter night of December 1947. But all his efforts went in vain and Muslims of British India never cared a straw for Gandhi and his political philosophy.

The famous Ali Brothers (Shaukat Ali and Mohammad Ali) of Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) were the key figures in Khilafat Movement (1919 to 1924) of India. Gandhi dragged the Hindus, through Congress, to actively support Islamic Khilafat Movement to forge his delusional Hindu-Muslim unity (and to become the leader of Muslims). When Gandhi’s prominence in Khilafat Movement was resented by Muslim community, Mohammad Ali was compelled to say publicly, “Yes, according to my religion and creed, I hold an adulterous and fallen Mussalman to be better than Mr. Gandhi”.

We know that, ‘Survival’ is the first instinct of any living thing including humans. But, Gandhiji used to say “A Satyagrahi will always wish to be killed by an attacker, but will not wish to kill anyone”. This has been the life philosophy of Jain Munis only, not even the common Jains. Such Gandhian concepts and preaching of extreme non-violence for common Hindus had blunted the natural survival instinct of Hindus. This is seen and felt even today also.

At another level, Gandhi’s extreme non-violence was like deriving virtue out of vice. It also made Hindus pessimist, fatalist and self-loathing sitting-ducks for all their adversaries during the British period and after independence also until 2014. The change in the attitude of Hindus in India after 2014 has caused a major paradigm shift in Indian politics.

Whatever Gandhi believed in and asked Hindus to follow and observe were in direct opposition to the religious belief and practice of Muslims. Gandhi might have read some Islamic scriptures. But, his understanding of Islam and its teachings was falsely shaped by his philosophy of extreme non-violence and a hollow slogan of ‘Hindu-Muslim unity’.

Gandhi believed in non-violence, but Muslims did not. Gandhi believed in Indian identity first, but Muslim believed in the Muslim identity first. Gandhi believed in Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava (all religions are the same), but Muslims considered Islam to be the only true religion. Gandhi concocted the famous Ram Dhun, originally written by Sri Lakshmanacharya, and inserted Iswara Allah Tero Naam in it. But as per Islam, associating any other God with Allah was Shirk, the severest kind of crime, to be punished by death. Gandhi believed in “Hindu-Muslim Bhai Bhai”. But to Muslims, Hindus were sub-human and hell-going Kafir.

Gandhi never condemned the blood curdling, cruel and large-scale massacre, forced-conversion, rape and destruction of Hindus in Malabar region of present-day Kerala by the local Moplah Muslims during 1921. That ethnic cleansing of Hindus happened as a fall out of Khilafat Movement. But Gandhi, the internationally-famed worshiper of non-violence said, “brave God-fearing Moplahs who were fighting for what they consider as religion and in a manner which they consider as religious”.

In other words, Gandhi was blatantly dubious and unfaithful to his own philosophy of non-violence and supported Islamically motivated violent Jihad by Moplah Muslims on Hindus.

On 23 December, 1926 a Muslim fanatic named Abdul Rashid murdered Swami Shraddhanand, an Arya Samaj leader and freedom fighter of Congress party, in Delhi, allegedly for his Suddhi efforts to revert Indian Muslims to Hindu fold. Gandhi, who knew Shraddhanand very closely, refused to condemn the heinous crime made by Abdul Rashid and addressed him as “Brother Abdul Rashid” two days later in the Congress session at the then Guahati (present-day Guwahati), Assam.

In the words of Dr Ambedkar, “Mr. Gandhi has never called the Muslims to account even when they have been guilty of gross crimes against Hindus. Mr. Gandhi has never protested against such murders. Not only have the Muslims not condemned these outrages, but even Mr. Gandhi has never called upon the leading Muslims to condemn them. He has kept silent over them”. Dr Ambedkar also labelled Gandhi as one who is devotee of the strong and Yama of the soft.

At the height of Noakhali anti-Hindu riots and atrocities by the Muslims of East Bengal, Gandhi, in a prayer meeting at Delhi on 18 October, 1946, advised the Hindu women of Noakhali to commit suicide by poison or some other means to avoid dishonour.

Why did not Gandhi advise the Hindus of Noakhali to organise resistance to save the honour of their women, their lives, their religion and properties? Why did Gandhi snatch from Hindus their right of self-defence? It is beyond all sane comprehension that such a mentally sick man, like Gandhi, is still worshipped across the world as epitome of non-violence.

About his concept of Ram Rajya Gandhi clarified “Let no one commit the mistake of thinking that Ram Rajya means a rule of the Hindus. My Ram is another name of Khuda or God. I want Khudai Raj, which is the same thing as the Kingdom of God on earth. The rule of the first four Caliphs was somewhat comparable to it. The establishment of such a Rajya would not only mean the welfare of the whole of the Indian people but of the whole world”.

What Gandhi and his Andh-bhakts did not care to know was that to the Muslims, Ram or any other God could not be associated with Khuda. This was against the basic tenets of Islam. Moreover, during the time of the first four Caliphs, Islam conquered Persia, Syria, Armenia, Egypt and Cyprus through violent aggression, followed by the destruction of local civilisations, religions and culture by the Caliph’s invading Army. Was Gandhi stupid, ignorant or a fraud to peddle such a concept of his Ram Rajya? His Ram also surely did not know the answer.

To the Hindu victims of riots during partition of India Gandhi said “No Hindu should harbour anger in their hearts against Muslims even if the latter wanted to destroy them. Even if the Muslims want to kill us all we should face death bravely. If they established their rule after killing Hindus, we would be ushering in a new world by sacrificing our lives”. But Gandhi never knew what new world Hindus could usher in through their annihilation?

Gandhi neither understood Hinduism nor Islam. He messed-up the Hindu philosophy of Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah by projecting Islam as a custodian of that philosophy too. But in Islamic teachings, all Kafir of the world were to be converted to Islam or killed before the day of Keyamat.

Gandhi was disrespectful and even abusive towards Armed revolutionaries of India. He called Udham Singh insane. He demanded early hanging of Bhagat Singh to make the next Congress Session at Karachi peaceful. Gandhi refused to garland the dead body of martyr Jatin Das in Agra. Gandhi’s open aversion towards Netaji Subhash Bose and his method of forcing the British to leave India was well known.

There were dozens of other actions of Gandhi which were unbecoming of a sane mind. Gandhi maintained a façade of poor common rural Indian. But it was very costly affair to keep Gandhi as a poor man. Sarojini Naidu, the then Congress leader, once asked Gandhi “Do you know how much it costs every day to keep you in poverty?” Today every member of Left-Islamist-Congi cabal is after the blood of Modi for Adani. But this cabal forgets that Gandhi took direct and indirect financial and material supports from Birla and Bajaj all along.

Gandhi resorted to fast unto death many times in his political life to use it as a leverage for political gain and moral show-off. When the crucial moment for a final decision about the partition of India arrived, Gandhi told Maulana Azad on 3 March 1947, “if the Congress wishes to accept Partition, it would be over my dead body”. But partition of India occurred before the eyes of Gandhi and he neither resorted to fast unto death to stop partition, nor honoured his resolve he made before Maulana Azad. On 14-15 August, 1947, Gandhi was hiding his face in a Harijan colony in Calcutta, ostensibly to prevent communal riots in the city.

Between 1945 and 1960, about three dozen new countries in Asia and Africa had achieved autonomy or outright independence from their European colonial rulers. There was no one process of decolonization. In some areas, it was peaceful, and orderly. In many others, independence was achieved only after a protracted revolution. But except India, none had any Gandhi-like leader. This negates Gandhi’s indispensability for Indian freedom struggle.

In a nutshell, the ego-satisfaction of Gandhi, in respect of his extreme type of non-violence, prescribed for Hindus alone, was most important to him, but the means was not. Gandhi was the most successful political fraud in human history. Gandhi, the epitome of ‘extreme non-violence’ supported British government actively to commit large-scale violence both in the WW-I and WW-II. He brought in politics the attribute of a hardcore Baniya in the guise of a Saint. He was the most wrong person in the rightest time of India’s freedom movement.

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