Gandhi nearly killed ‘Indian women’ ! Thanks to Hindu Code bill

29Jan10

Following are the excerpts from the international Daily ‘Guardian’…

George Orwell, in his 1949 essay Reflections on Gandhi, said that “saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent”. If only.

Gandhi despised his own sexual desires, and despised sex in any context except for procreation. He preached that the failure to control carnal urges led to complaints including constipation. He believed that sex was bad for the health of an individual, and that sexual freedom would lead Indians to failure as a people. He sought to consign his nation to what Martin Luther called “the hell of celibacy”. He took his own celibacy vow unilaterally, without consulting his wife.

 His view of the female body was warped. As accounted by Rita Banerji, in her book Sex and Power, “he believed menstruation was a manifestation of the distortion of a woman’s soul by her sexuality”.

During Gandhi’s time as a dissident in South Africa, he discovered a male youth had been harassing two of his female followers. Gandhi responded by personally cutting the girls’ hair off, to ensure the “sinner’s eye” was “sterilised”. Gandhi boasted of the incident in his writings, pushing the message to all Indians that women should carry responsibility for sexual attacks upon them. Such a legacy still lingers. In the summer of 2009, colleges in north India reacted to a spate of sexual harassment cases by banning women from wearing jeans, as western-style dress was too “provocative” for the males on campus.

Gandhi believed Indian women who were raped lost their value as human beings. He argued that fathers could be justified in killing daughters who had been sexually assaulted for the sake of family and community honour. He moderated his views towards the end of his life. But the damage was done, and the legacy lingers in every present-day Indian press report of a rape victim who commits suicide out of “shame”. Gandhi also waged a war against contraceptives, labelling Indian women who used them as whores.

Like all men who wage a doomed war with their own sexual desires, Gandhi’s behaviour around females would eventually become very, very odd. He took to sleeping with naked young women, including his own great-niece, in order to “test” his commitment to celibacy. The habit caused shock and outrage among his supporters. God knows how his wife felt.

Gandhi cemented, for another generation, the attitude that women were simply creatures that could bring either pride or shame to the men who owned them. Again, the legacy lingers. India today, according to the World Economic Forum, finds itself towards the very bottom of the gender equality index. Indian social campaigners battle heroically against such patriarchy. They battle dowry deaths. They battle the honour killings of teenage lovers. They battle Aids. They battle female foeticide and the abandonment of new-born girls.

In the words of the Indian writer Khushwant Singh, “nine-tenths of the violence and unhappiness in this country derives from sexual repression”. Gandhi isn’t singularly to blame for India’s deeply problematic attitudes to sex and female sexuality. But he fought, and succeeded, to ensure the country would never experience sexual freedom while his legend persevered. Gandhi’s genius was to realise the great power of non-violent political revolution. But the violence of his thoughts towards women has contributed to countless honour killings and immeasurable suffering.

Remember, there’s no such thing as a saint.

Source: The Gaurdian



9 Responses to “Gandhi nearly killed ‘Indian women’ ! Thanks to Hindu Code bill”

  1. 1 arivudainambi

    It is good article. It reveals the real face of Ghandhi so called big soul. Ghandhi is nothing but the very successful mixture of anti people anti women ideology. He has degraded 85% Indians

  2. 2 jitendra

    this observation on part of an impartial newspaper of the international scene, is a convincing proof of the fact that ambedkar,the staunch supporter of the hindu code bill which was the magnacarta of the rights of indian women, was far far ahead of our so called father of the nation

  3. 3 Shailesh

    Gandhi was a bad man who used women, he never wanted to educate women. As per Gandhi women are SOMETHING not SOMEONE.

  4. may be this is the reason y people don’t believe in gandhi this days, as people have realised the silent truth.

  5. 5 paras

    It’s very much true. Gandhi was an orthodox person, who never want women should be seen with dignity..another fact is…he always suppressed the lower castes and thats why he was against Ambedkar’s thoughts..

  6. 6 Nishant

    At least few people are aware of true face of Gandhi, so called Mahatma….Even women of this country worship Gandhi/Nehru/Patel…etc so stood against their freedom n equality…and always ignore Dr. B.R.Ambedkar who fought for all the womens of country irrespective of Cast n creed, not only for SC/ST women alone….cause he was Mahar/SC/Untouchable…..Shame on this country and shame on those women belonging to other community who can’t even judge the evil & supporter of them….This is the tragedy of India….in real life every one enjoy the benefit of B.R.Ambedkar or works on the principle of Buddha…but still ignore them knowingly or unknowingly only because they don’t belong to their community…..oh come on guys….think logicaly and then decide who is better gandhi/nehru /patel or Dr. Ambedkar….be human n think like human….use your brain if got n come out of your cast/community boundaries to think the real saviour of women n india…

    At this time Women are demanding freedom n equallity for which Dr. Ambedkar fought 60 years ago…”The Hindu Code Bill”.

    Get educated guys n girls…mare Engineering or Management degree from top institution doesn’t make you well educated if you have not developed the sense of judgement and the see n admit the fact as it is….you are just literate not educated…At least read something about Dr. Ambedkar what he has done n what not for the whole community irrespective of cast n community..what your high cast leaders couldn’t have done….

    you got to improve your sense of judgment..Common sense…logical thinking..

    Dr. Ambedkar Holds more degrees than those higher cast leaders collectively hold. He was most eligible n educated.. knowledgeable person not only of that time but will remain for centuaries…Holding law, economics n political science Phd n Dsc dergrees at that time from worlds prestigious universities like Columbia University (USA) n London School of Economics & political Science..(UK) ..Bar at Law- London University…went to Germany for Further Study but returned to India after 2 months because of Paucity of funds…First Indian Student to Hold Phd from overseas…even being the poor n outcast, what other called a lower cast n untouchable ….
    what about those higher cast leaders and their education ?????

    But then also india ignore Dr. Ambedkar who is true saviour in every respect and better than best indian leader n worship those gandhi/nehru/patel….Great…I salute to logical thinking of Indian people…great sense of judgement….
    Mera Bharat Mahaaaaaaaan !!!!!!

  7. 7 M S Gajbiye

    Gandhi was not socalled mahatma,,he had only one quality by birth that he born in upper caste ..shame for all world ..he was chosen a centuryman….he was half spiritualman and half politician,,he had not support of sc/st/obc/muslim..a big majority of India..although he was only sexy mahatma for congress party..shame India

  8. 8 vs

    To the blog author — Please first learn to write “Guardian” if you want to be a writer that is.

    Second, Picking and choosing phrases/text of a famous person without context and perspective in which they were written to create a furore and gets lots of clicks to your article is the new funda of floundering newspapers, whose revenue is increasingly coming from digital stream.

    All the vile things you all quote about Gandhi, you know them because this man had the balls to write them all in his autobiography. How many of you have the courage to confess your darkest moments, your weakest moments? It requires great courage and honesty to lay not only your life and the best moments of it, but every weak moment, every thing you did wrong, everything you are ashamed of having thought and done too bare open for all the world to see.

    He did not anoint himself a saint for that matter, nor did he clamor for it. If someone calls me a bitch, that does not make me one. Ditto for saint.

    He was revered because he was one of the rare people in this world, whose thoughts and actions were in perfect congruence. When he realized he was wrong, he had the courage to make amends. A man brutally honest and his own harshest critic. At the very least, the man unwaveringly lived by the principles he believed in.

    You guys can go ahead and keep abusing him all you can because well it’s much too painful to look at your very own perfect selves.

    Besides, Gandhi-bashing is what’s make an intellectual now-a-days? isn’t it?

  9. 9 ms

    jinhone kabhi brahmcharya(differenet from celibacy) ko jeevan me apnaya nahi nahi wo kya jane brahmcharya ka swad. Jo brahmcharya nahi hai wo kya karega women ka respect. khuswant singh jaise log to porongrapohic wale hai. We kya jane purity ka swad kya hota hai jiska dimag hi harmonal biased ho. Brahmcharya menas inner sex. no need of outer sex. ha ha ha…


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