Saturday, July 19, 2014

Arundhati Roy on Gandhi

According to Arundhati Roy Groupies "It is time to unveil a few truths about a person whose doctrine of nonviolence was based on the acceptance of a most brutal social hierarchy ever known, the caste system … Do we really need to name our universities after him?" Roy said.
According to Nicholas Dirks in "Castes of Mind" (page 234)
"...Gandhi modified his views on caste over the years..... When, years later. Gandhi defended himself against attacks by Ambedkar over his views on caste, he wrote that “Caste has nothing to with religion. It is a custom whose origin I do not know and do not need to know for the satisfaction of my spiritual hunger. But I do know that it is harmful both to spiritual and national growth.” At roughly the same time, he stated that “Caste has to go”"

These statements of Gandhi do not seem to be well known. The references that Dirks gave are: Gandhi, Collected works, vol. 63, p.153, vol. 62, p.121 
Several times Gandhi expressed his admiration for Ambedkar.

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