Everyone! To showcase Savarkar in Burning
for Freedom as he most certainly deserves to be, I also had to reveal the
unsavory truth of Gandhi and his true role in the Freedom Movement of India.
The more I researched,
the more shocking it was. The truth about Gandhi was horrifying in the extreme,
indeed. The childhood dislike and suspicion which I held him in was a mere
instinct; now I had concrete, documented proof to back it. I have put it before
the readers of my novel at my emotional best. All through chapter fifteen to
the end, I felt I was cutting my heart open and bleeding into the novel. The
pain I felt for the Indians, for the Hindus, whose faith and trust in their
Mahatma was so grossly abused is
impossible to put in words.
there are several truths about Gandhi that I could not write about as the plot
did not allow it. But revealed they must certainly be! Not in just my words,
but the words of other writers.
You may well ask why I consider it
so important to reveal this truth.
the very important fact that revealing the truth of Gandhi is necessary to
vindicate Savarkar and bring justice to his name and memory—when the President
of United States quotes Gandhi as an ideal, as President Obama did, when the schools
in the U.S. teach Gandhism, it is the outside of enough . . . !
The truth must be revealed!
I shall be presenting
in a series of upcoming daily blog posts some of the Gandhi episodes that
distressed me to the very core of my being. Some of the titles are:
A British Mole . . . !
modus operandi: “I preach, you practice”
Gandhi . . . ?
So stay riveted day
after day! The first of it is given below:
‘Bapu’ or not a ‘Bapu’ . . . ?
Gandhi was fondly referred to by all. He also had an honorary title bestowed
upon him, “Father of the Nation.”
Joseph Lelyveld, a
Pulitzer Prize winning author, has recorded an incident that happened during
Gandhi’s Tour of Mercy in Noakhali, 1946, during the horrendous rioting when
Hindus were mercilessly raped and slaughtered, their homes gutted, by the
reaching a village called Nayanpur in the third week of the walking tour,
Gandhi couldn’t find a piece of pumice he used to scrape his feet before
soaking them. He’d last used it at a weaver’s hut where he’d stopped to warm
his chilled feet. Evidently, Manu had left the stone behind. This was a “major
error,” Gandhi said sternly, ordering her to retrace their steps and find it,
which meant following a path through thick jungle in an area where assaults on
young women were not unknown. When she asked if she could take a couple of
volunteers, Gandhi refused. She had to go alone. The weaver’s wife had tossed
the stone out, not knowing that the Mahatma counted it as precious. When Manu
finally recovered it and returned, Pyarelal tells us, she burst into tears,
only to be met by Gandhi’s cackle. To him, her afternoon’s ordeal was part of
their mutual “test.”
some ruffian had carried you off and you had met your death courageously,” he
told her, “my heart would have danced with joy. But I would have felt
humiliated and unhappy if you had turned back or run away from danger.”
Perhaps because I have a young teenage
daughter, perhaps because I had cried till I had no more tears for the plight
of the wretched, duped Hindus of yore (and even today?), or perhaps because it
is such an unnecessary, petty, cruel,
inconsiderate, and inhuman act which no decent
human-being should have done—leave alone a Mahatma—I have chosen this incident
to be the first to be presented.
In the midst of rape, riot, and ravaging
of the devastated Hindus, should the Mahatma have worried over a mere pumice
stone? A missing stone, a “major error” . . . !
Where women were still being raped, even
in the presence of the Mahatma in Noakhali, should Manu have been forced by the
Mahatma to venture alone on the lonely, treacherous path?
Would any “Bapu” put his daughter
through that hell?
face did the Mahatma—himself travelling (as always), violating his ‘stout’
principles of nonviolence, protected by an Armed Guard and a Sikh Volunteer Corps—dare to say that he would have been
“humiliated and unhappy” if Manu had run from danger?
I leave you with that
thought . . .
Mahatma Gandhi facts: Gandhi Revealed
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