M K Gandhi : Sources, Ideas and Actions by R.K. Sinha
“I have to give you a depressing answer, much as I don’t like to. The glamour of modern technology, money and power is so seductive that no one -1 mean no one -can resist it. And it may be that because of Gandhi we got our freedom before we were ready, before we had developed our character to match the responsibilities. The handfuls of Gandhians who still believe in his philosophy of life in a simple society are mostly cranks.”
“There is no difference between the British and their Indian successors. More than 25 years after independence, the poor are worse off than they were before. When Bapu talks about service to the country, better conditions for the poor, he did not mean TVs, radios, and cars for the middle classes. He was talking about the basic requirements for physical life – two square meals a day, clean clothes, and shelter. What about the use of Brahmacharya and the freedom struggle when all of us are going to jail.”
“Long before I retired from the world, our Government had swept aside most of the nascent element in the constructive programme as it’s scrambled to industrialise the country on the western model.”
“In India, Gandhism is dead. Gandhi is completely forgotten. It’s the story of the Buddha all over again. When I was in India recently, I said in my speeches again and again, “Why do you not honour your own Prophets? Your Government does all the things that Gandhi opposed the British for doing—arm itself to the teeth, neglect the villages and the poor, support a huge, uncaring, remote bureaucracy.”
—Abdul Ghaffar Khan
(from Ved Mehta ‘s Mahatma Gandhi and his Apostles)
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