Selection from Gandhi

“I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. I would have our young men and women with literary tastes to learn as much from English and other world-languages as they like, and then expect them to give the benefits of their learning to India and to the world like a Bose, a Roy or the Poet himself. But I would not have a single Indian to forget, neglect or be ashamed of his mother tongue, or to feel that he or she cannot think or express the best thoughts in his or her own vernacular. Mine is not a religion of the prison-house.”

As evident, that was Gandhi’s message to all those who have come to believe that Hindi is our second language.

More here. Also on Wikipedia, here.

Frankly, I have not read enough about the Mahatama that I may arrive at a conclusion on him. But it saddens me when I see people of his own land attributing him with “majboori” (helplessness) while people in the west find solace in his words, his life and times. It is perfectly okay to have an opinion about someone but that opinion should be backed with fact, truth and rationalism- something which I see missing in all the people who have come to criticise Gandhi.

update: Check out Dinesh’s take here.

5 thoughts on “Selection from Gandhi

  1. I agree with you. I am saddened when the ignorant imbeciles compare him to majboori. But misrepresentation was which Gandhi had to deal all along. I have posted on my blog, his own words on misrepresentation’.

  2. Its a pity that Gandhi doesnt recieve enough respect
    from his home country as much respect as he recieves
    from other countries……

  3. Well written, and I say this despite the fact that I am a natural Gandhi baiter. I have issues with a lot of things he did wrong; at the same time one just cannot ignore his contribution to the cause of Indian Independence, as the people at one end of the spectrum do, in launching diatribes on him. There was a great article on Gandhi linked to on Desipundit, dunno if you happened to read it.

  4. [amit ghosh] I checked out your blog. Keep writing, pal. Pssst..Pssst..And keep commenting here, people think it is the great Amitav Ghosh visiting my blog.

    [Saurabh Jayawant] Will check out DesiPundit’s take on this. But you know what, when you said that you are a “natural” Gandhi baiter- it gives an impression that leaves me wondering why would you do it “naturally” in the first place.

    I guess in the end, it’s just an “opinion” thing.

    As I mentioned, I am yet to study his life. For now, I believe he may have committed some mistakes, he was human after all, though apparently they get covered because of the fact that he put his life at stake for the cause of freedom. I respect him more for the latter.

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