Mahatma Gandhi: The dark side.

We all know, mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The Mahatma. The pure soul. The great one who bought us our independence freedom.


But one-sided media isn't just a thing of the modern times. There were a lot of facts and truths about the mahatma that were desperately hid. And yes, this is the man who preached the path of truth I'm talking about.

I'm not sure whether I should stop calling him the mahatma or call him that for the sake of pure irony. While we all read in our textbooks about the saint. We must know that all the truths these sources talked about? They idolised Gandhi. Thought that the very ground he touched was heaven.


And most of them were men. Not just any men. Indian men from the nineteen twenties. And we all know how their views were... um... Compromised.


Let us see what the women have to say and what the mahatma's effects on modern indian society are:


1] Why is sex such a taboo in india even though we wrote the kamasutra?

Thank Gandhi. He did not want anyone to use contraception and saw it as an evil to society. Yeah we owe him the large population too if you think about it. HE called every woman who resorted to contraception a whore. Men were put through similar [but not nearly as that derogatory] insults when they used contraceptives.


Sex was seen as a sin in gandhi's eyes. It was simply not allowed he preached other men to not have sex.

[Source: The guardian's article; women suffer from GAndhi's legacy. ]


2] Rape patterns in india

"Women should be more careful"

"look at her dress, It's like she wants to get raped!"

Yeah, GAndhiji played a role in this too. Once he found out that a young man was abusing two of his follower sexually. He then cut the women's hair publicly claiming that he had 'cleansed the sinner's eyes.' He believed that women were responsible for their rape and must dress and act accordingly. He even went on to brag about this incident several times. Um... dude.


He also claimed that it was okay for fathers to kill of their daughters who had been raped. HE believed women who were raped somehow became less human. This is the trend that shows up as suicide due to shame in young rape victims today.


[Source: The guardian's article; women suffer from GAndhi's legacy. ]

3] Celibacy

HE unilaterally decided that he was going to swear off sex for the rest of his life without consenting his wife. Wait for it.....


And then for him to 'test' his celibacy, he would often sleep next to naked young women. Including his grand niece! In modern era, this would be called sexual abuse. God knows what his wife felt about this. HE also claimed that his wife, who looked like a "meek-cow" was no longer a challenge to his celibacy.

[Source: The guardian's article; women suffer from GAndhi's legacy. ]


4] He was racist.

Yes. Racist. Early on in his life, gandhi believed that europeans were the supreme race. And that black were primitive and rowdy and violent. Yes I understand that he mended his ways. But that doesn't make his racist past go away. Some of the things he had written about the black people in his works is so disgusting.

Here are snippets from the book "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi"

Before Dec. 19, 1894

“A general belief seems to prevail in the Colony that the Indians are little better, if at all, than savages or the Natives of Africa. Even the children are taught to believe in that manner, with the result that the Indian is being dragged down to the position of a raw Kaffir.” ~ Vol. I, p. 193

Before May 5, 1895

“In the face, too, of financial operations, the success of which many of their detractors would envy, one fails to understand the agitation which would place the operators in the same category as the half-heathen Native and confine him to Locations, and subject him to the harsher laws by which the Transvaal Kaffir is governed.” ~ Vol. I, pp. 224-225

Before May 5, 1895

“When one reflects that the conception of Brahmanism, with its poetic and mysterious mythology, took its rise in the land of the ‘Coolie trader,’ that in that land 24 centuries ago, the almost divine Buddha taught and practised the glorious doctrine of self-sacrifice, and that it was from the plains and mountains of that weird old country that we have derived the fundamental truths of the very language we speak, one cannot but help regretting that the children of such a race should be treated as equals of the children of black heathendom and outer darkness. Those who, for a few moments, have stayed to converse with the Indian trader have been, perhaps, surprised to find they are speaking to a scholar and a gentleman…. And it is the sons of this Land of light who are despised as Coolies, and treated as Kaffirs.” ~ Vol. I, p. 225


5] HE claimed that the women must stay home and be good wives and mothers.

Despite what the history texts tell you, while he allowed women to protest in the end, he didn't do it because his views had changed.


It was mostly the pressure from the younger members of the congress that made him allow women join the movement.

You know who else said the exact same thing about women being people of the house and hearth? Adolf Hitler. Only difference was, hitler wanted the women too to be educated, just radically different syllabuses.


[Source: Sex and Power by Rita Banerjee]


https://in.avalanches.com/delhi_mahatma_gandhi_the_dark_side459729_21_06_2020

Now, Gandhi did try to change his previous statements and policies about women. He really did try to turn it around in his final years. I would also like to point out that these views were already formed and accepted in the minds of many indians even before GAndhiji. But him propagating them publicly made things more acceptable. Honorable even. But by the time he did changed his views, the damage to society had already been done.


We now face millions of taboos based on sex everyday. It is still a patriarchal society, here in india. The gender equity in India is one of the lowest in the world.


In many ways Gandhi was a real saviour to India. He was indeed one of the main reasons India gained freedom. And it was great of him to promote non violence. Most of his ideals and later works on honesty move me and a billion other people across the globe.


What I am trying to convey through this blog is that why portray him as a saint? A messiah? Why hide his mistakes? Why hide his true self? Why call him a Mahatma?


I think this flawed version of Gandhi is the truth the world deserves. Let the people decide if he was a saint or a sinner after knowing the whole truth. Each person is entitled to the truth. And that is what Gandhiji himself believed.


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