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I am a humble but very earnest seeker after truth.
Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
“It seems presumptuous to pick holes in Gandhi’s campaigns and strategies, and appear to belittle a man of epic dimensions, especially when the nationalist mythologies render it sacrilegious to re-evaluate his achievements. Great men of action, who perform great deeds, do commit great mistakes. And there is no harm in pointing these out. In one sense it is a Gandhian duty, as he equated truth with God.”
There is an ocean of books eulogising Gandhi. This book has consciously chosen not to be yet another drop in that ocean. This is also not a ‘balanced’ book. It does not attempt to offset good with the bad, or vice versa. This book looks hard, but only at the other side.
“Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained,” said the ‘Apostle of Truth’ Gandhi; and this book looks hard at the truth about Gandhi.
This book brings out the fact that most of the Gandhian thoughts and ideas were regressive, backward, irrational, illogical, impractical, and products of faulty comprehension. They were founded on very limited study, and on stubborn egoism born out of ‘I know best’. No wonder the ‘Mahatma’ has no legacy worth the name! Most of his ideas were discarded soon after his death—actually, much before his death: from 1944 onwards he stood sidelined. His only visible relevance that we see today is in ‘Swachh Bharat’. True, he advocated cleanliness, but then millions too have been advocating it!
It was Gandhi who won us our freedom—so it is claimed. If it were true one would generously ignore all acts of omission and commission, and shortcomings of Gandhi. But, it is not true. Please refer to the chapter ‘What Really Led to Freedom?’ Gandhi had himself admitted: “I see it as clearly as I see my finger: British are leaving not because of any strength on our part but because of historical conditions and for many other reasons.”
Most likely, without Gandhi India would have won its freedom, or at least self-government, many years before 1947.
Apart from the history of India’s freedom struggle, and Gandhi’s role in it, this book brings out Gandhi’s detailed biography, his beliefs, and the principal aspects of his character and personality.