If Patel …


What if had we Sardar Patel, instead of Nehru. Sardar Patel would have still died on December 15th 1950?

It is forgotten today that close to 50 millions died during the British Raj - due to extermination by armed mercenarties; violence against ethnic groups; administration that was callous and indifferent . All that Gandhiji could do with some officials was produce post-facto guilt.  |  Cartoonist: Matt Wuerker; Pub. Date: 2010-06-16  Source and courtesy - cartoonistgroup.com  |  Click for source image.

It is forgotten today that close to 50 millions died during the British Raj - due to extermination by armed mercenarties; violence against ethnic groups; administration that was callous and indifferent . All that Gandhiji could do with some officials was produce post-facto guilt. | Cartoonist: Matt Wuerker; Pub. Date: 2010-06-16 Source and courtesy - cartoonistgroup.com | Click for source image.

If …

A popular past time with the Indian Right is to be pose a rhetorical question, “What if Sardar Patel had become India’s first Prime Minister – instead of Nehru?”

Sardar Patel would still have died on December 15, 1950 – less than a year after the Indian Constitution was adopted on January 26th, 1950. To any further ifs … I can only say,

If only such commentators would stop posing such futile scenarios.

Tactics and solutions rooted in their time, place and context. |  Cartoonist: John Deering  |  Pub. Date: 2010-07-27 |  Source & courtesy - cartoonistgroup.com   |   Click fopr source image.

Tactics and solutions rooted in their time, place and context. | Cartoonist: John Deering | Pub. Date: 2010-07-27 | Source & courtesy - cartoonistgroup.com | Click fopr source image.

Similarly

When people try to be speculative and start with …

I believe Gandhi would have admired the energy and community spirit in Zuccotti Park, but if he were at the protests, he would have taken up the human microphone and suggested some modifications.

First, Gandhi would reject the division between the 99 percent and the 1 percent. Gandhi did not believe in enemies: he worked on the premise that solutions emerged only from cooperation. This truth is often lost in discussions of his political tactics of noncooperation and civil disobedience. Noncooperation is best understood as an invitation to cooperate. “We are the 100 percent” may not make for a dramatic slogan, but from Gandhi’s perspective, it is the only way to achieve true and lasting change in society.

Gandhi would underscore that social transformation requires significant responsibility on the part of each of us. The world is not a static system or an unalterable one. Society exists in a certain way when we enter it, but it is our actions or our inaction that maintain the status quo, make things worse, or transform them for the better. Gandhi explained this most pointedly when he declared that the British Empire existed because Indians had let it exist. He would say the same thing about the drastic income inequality in America today: it is here because Americans collectively allow it to be here.

He would therefore encourage the protesters to focus their efforts on direct social assistance and positive political action. In regard to social work, the protesters’ eviction from their tents in the park may be a blessing in disguise. At the height of his prominence in 1930, Gandhi renounced his own home and political headquarters and later moved into the heart of rural India (via What Would Gandhi Do? – NYTimes.com).

You can bet your bad penny, that such people don’t have two ideas to rub together.

More than 2000 years ago, Buddha and Indian kings sent Buddhist monks to help local rulers implement Bharattantra - then known as Dharma. | Cartoonist: Mike Peters Pub. Date: 2007-10-11; source and courtesy - cartoonistgroup.com | Click for source image.

More than 2000 years ago, Buddha and Indian kings sent Buddhist monks to help local rulers implement Bharattantra - then known as Dharma. | Cartoonist: Mike Peters Pub. Date: 2007-10-11; source and courtesy - cartoonistgroup.com | Click for source image.

His time and place

Gandhiji too was a product of his times. Satyagraha, non-cooperation, boycott of British products had all been used as political weapons before Gandhiji used them.

The credit to Gandhiji is for his timing and public awareness before he used them. His uncanny knack to find situations to use these tactics was useful. His ability to find intellectual figures and ideas acceptable to the West (from Tolstoy, Thoreau, Jesus) as ‘citations’ for his cause and tactics, much criticized today, was useful then.

And that is what is important.

Right time, place and tactics.


  1. x
    December 2, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Buddhist monks helpd ‘implement’ Bharattantra and all those areas got subjugated by moslem armies fast. eg. Afghanistan,Sindh etc.

    What did Gandhi’s timing and tactics achieve ? selfish glory for that chap, and destruction of Kshatriya psyche for India?

    Gandhi was a useful tool to Bruts, who well knew tactic of divide and rule, so created fissure in Ind Independence movemnt using Gandhi’s peacenik activities to counter influence of BhagatSingh,Azad,Lal,Bal,Pal,Savarakar,Aurobindo

    Do u think Sardar’s death cud hav been accelerated by disappointment at the disgusting behavior of Nehru, the last English 2 rule Ind?, like Nehru’s own death was accelerated by set back in hands of Chinese? u know, disappointment, de-motivation can accelerate ageing.

  2. December 2, 2011 at 6:14 am
    The real point of the post was to take a 2ndlook at history – but not to 2ndguess history.

    But I have not succeeded in making you take a 2ndlook at history or stop you from 2nd-guessing history.

    Bad job. I will simply have to do better next time.

  3. x
    December 4, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Do taking 2nd look also mean fabricating history like this- “Buddha and Indian kings sent Buddhist monks to help local rulers implement Bharattantra – then known as Dharma”…?

    becos, all that the buddhist monks achieved was dilution of Dharmik consciousness in society, evidenced by the subsequent subjugation by islamic marauders in all those areas where that ‘buddhism’ flourished.

    Tibet and DalaiLama are unfortunate living example of ‘Dharma’ that buddhism spread!

    Do taking 2nd look mean attributing qualities and achievements 2 ppl whose legacy is worse than dismal? Then a tool for brutish, thereafter, a tool for brutish progeny- congress.

    BTW, needless to say, u R doing a great job, Sir 🙂
    (not in sarcastic sense)
    Thank you

  4. December 4, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Do taking 2nd look also mean fabricating history like this- “Buddha and Indian kings sent Buddhist monks to help local rulers implement Bharattantra – then known as Dharma”…?

    Like I mentioned earlier, you must read the base article of Bharattantra. There you will find textual proof of how Buddhism spread Bharattantra.

    Let us discuss after that.

  5. x
    December 6, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Sorry, did not find any ‘proof’ that ‘Buddhism’ spread Dharma. All that chaps like Asoka spread was propaganda in guise of Buddhism meant to make ppl passive & submissive, which actually facilitated rise of adharma in society and subsequent degeneration, whose effects r seen till today.

  6. December 6, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    @X Do you think Bauddha dharma that spread in S.E.Asia was passive? why not?

  7. x
    December 7, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Ther is no dharma in Bauddha. It does not sustain. endure.
    Which ‘buddhist’ country still remains buddhist? they hav all been fodder to monotheist cults.

    Bharat on the other hand always resisted adharmis. still does. That is dharma

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