Critiquing Gandhi

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After coming across various critiques of Gandhi and by Gandhi in the past few weeks, the mind wonders if I could unlearn what I have learnt till now. Should I change my perspective altogether or accept the existence of multiple perspectives or simply give into the simplicity of ignorance and indifference towards the so called father of the nation. I feel perplexed and drained by the amount of literature that has been written by Gandhi and even larger amounts that have been written as criticism to the former. Finally, I choose to interrogate my own learning and perspective from whatever history of the country I have been taught till now.
One cannot close a speech on Gandhi without highlighting his efforts to abolish untouchability from the Hindu society. Living in a city, I do not come across this abhorring practice on a day to day basis. At the same time I am aware of its prevalence in the interiors of India even today. I am curious to know whether the efforts of Gandhi have actually affected the practice of untouchability and reduced it to an extent in modern India or it is a byproduct of globalization. On this discourse, I would refer to the differences in the approach of the other pioneer of Dalit rights and the drafter of our constitution, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. It is important to study and highlight the different approaches followed by Gandhi and Ambedkar and their motives behind them on the issue of caste system in India. After reading D.R. Nagraj’s essay – ‘Self- purification vs. Self- respect: On the Roots of the Dalit Movement’, I would proceed to comment on the relevance of these ideas in contemporary India. The concept of inequality itself is a modern philosophy. There are many examples in Hindu scriptures which believe in inequality as well as various humanitarian values including universalism, brotherhood, non violence etc.
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