GANDHI HAD HIS CONTRACTIONS, JUST AS OTHER GREAT MEN
Gandhi statue seems to be kicking up a storm among black youths in: Kenya, Grenada and even among Indian Socialists such as Arundhati Roy- author of “Little Gods”. Those who espouse to identify Gandhiji “ADHARMA” rather than his “DHARMA,” fail to understand his growing up in a colonial era.
Gandhi statue seems to be kicking up a storm among black youths in: Kenya, Grenada and even among Indian Socialists such as Arundhati Roy- author of “Little Gods”. Those who espouse to identify Gandhiji “ADHARMA” rather than his “DHARMA,” fail to understand his growing up in a colonial era. India had been a conquered nation for at least a thousand years. Indians, in a time of colonial rule, had to re-discover their: identity, political culture, history, and religious teachings of the Vedas. All this re-discovery had to be done under the threatening and watchful eyes of foreign rulers, and their Indian puppet supporters, who displayed extreme hatred for a Hindu/Indian awakening. Opponents of Indian freedom knew that once the Indians/Hindus are awakened from their colonial sleep, they will not be able to keep the Hindus under oppression. Awaken Hindus will be stronger than the greatest thunderbolt of lightning, because they will have Vedic Gods of the Universe on their side.
Photo : Vassan Ramracha
During the era of conquest under the Arabs, the Persians, the Afghan Mughals, and the British, Indians had lost much of the teachings of the Vedas. Indians had lost the ability to read and interpret the Vedas to suit their colonial/conquered status. Most Indian leaders found it more to their personal gain to cooperate with foreign rulers at the expense of the Indian masses. In other words, Indian leaders lived off the blood of their own kind by cooperating with foreigners. Indian leaders got so good at serving their foreign masters, they sang foreign anthems to foreign Monarchs, saluted foreign flags, fought in foreign wars to help foreigners (e.g. World Wars 1 and 2), and practiced foreign religions with greater devotions than their own Hindu religion. In this fornicated and un-natural environment, a great parasitic class evolved i.e. the Westernized Educated British Indian (Soldier, Bureaucrat, Politician, and Businessmen). Indian society was saturated with foreign influence, while authentic Indian philosophy and debate about Indian identity declined. Indians now saw the world through the eyes of the foreign rulers.
The “educated Indian” adopted the vices and prejudices of the foreign rulers. They learn to despise their own culture and history. In fact, everything that was foreign was good and superior, while everything that was Indian was inferior and of little value. In such an environment, it takes a Herculean task to liberate yourself from cultural and intellectual bondage. In this task, a person seeking liberation has to re-learn everything that was taught to him under foreign rule. Freedom has to come about by clearing his mindset of colonial garbage. Colonial people have had to re-interpret history, political culture, and re-examine their leaders’ contributions. This changing of the mindset to one that can nurture a free people is not a straight linear one. Along this path, there will be curves, bends, ups and downs, mistakes, and re-learning from mistakes, before an individual and a people can attain true freedom. This process is never ending. As long as a person or a people have to be free, they have to constantly keep up with the learning process.
(To Be Continued)