Thursday, November 1, 2012

All that glitters is not gold . . .



 “In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People."
-         Eugene Victor Debs


Hi, Everyone! While the Congress Working Committee was busy getting its Pakistan resolution passed, what was Gandhi saying?

“‘I consider,’ Gandhi declared in Harijan of May 24, 1942, ‘the vivisection of India to be a sin.’

In Harijan of May 31, 1942, he said: “No third party should decide our fate. It should be reason or the sword.” And he had already said that “if I can carry the Congress with me, I would not put the Muslims to the trouble of using force.”

One has already seen how indeed the Mahatma of the Indians carried—by hook or by crook—the Congress with him!! Check out below what he had written to Jinnah on the very day he launched the Quit India Movement!

“On August 8, 1942, he had written to Jinnah and to a Muslim businessman in Bombay that he had no objection to Britain handing over power to the Muslim League subject to certain provisos.”[1]

In addition, his mouthpiece, Rajagopalachari, was encouraging the idea of accepting Pakistan among the people.

“The fact was that Rajagopalachari was doing his utmost by his propaganda to enable the Muslim League to translate Gandhi’s proposition into action.”[2]

As it wasn’t enough that the Pakistan scheme was being heavily promoted by the Congress, their “Quit India” challenge to the British was not at all what it appeared on the surface is either!

Britain must “Quit India” but leave behind her army . . . ! Can one call that “independence”?

“But this was a strange solution. It implied that the civil Government would be in the hands of Indians, and there would be some form of British military rule over India, a remedy worse than the disease,” writes Keer in his biography of Gandhi (page 704,) adding:

“It was given to Rajgopalachari again to expose the fallacy in Gandhi’s stand. In a letter to Gandhi Rajagopalachari said: ‘Your proposal that while the civil power may be withdrawn the British and Allied forces may continue in India in anticipation of a treaty with  a problematical provisional Indian Government will only lead to the exercise of all Government functions by military forces. This will happen if only for their own safety and effective functioning. They are further likely to be urged towards this step by local chieftains and suffering people. This would be the reinstallation of the British Government in the worst form.’”[3]

Today, almost everywhere, Quit India Movement is touted as a wonderful call by Gandhi for the freedom of India.

·        Can promoting the Pakistan scheme and keeping British military rule be an agenda of any true call of freedom for India?

No.

Why then is the Truth forced to wear this mask?

Have people lost the ability to look beyond the hollow words of propaganda?

Anurupa



[1] Ibid, page 708.
[2] Mahatma Gandhi, Keer, page 701
[3] Ibid, page 704.

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