Friday, 23 September 2016

FB Discussions - Gandhi (1)

Nirmalangshu Mukherji
September 21 at 8:41pm ·
When you see a clogged drain or a heap of garbage, think of Gandhi.
Apparently, according to 'radical' advice, it is no longer politically correct to think of Gandhi when terrorists blow up children in school, when imperial powers turn towns into dust, when soldiers shoot pellets into the eyes of citizens, when people are killed for cleaning a carcass.
That Gandhi is dead.
He Ram.
Ha Allah.

Aparna Krishnan Would any other country have buried a Gandhi so completely. And would liberal intellectuals have made a career of higlighting his real and imagined flaws - rather than draw on the immense lessons and help the country ahead.

Nirmalangshu Mukherji 'Liberal' intellectuals were never really comfortable with Gandhi. They followed grudgingly due to Nehru. Once the Nehruvian era came to an end and an alternative handle on 'social justice' was found, Gandhi was dumped immediately. There's a big difference representing subaltern and being subaltern.

Aparna Krishnan true. I see the response of the Representatives (also called liberals ?). The ordinary people (sunalterns ?) I think tunes into Gandhi, as his own wisdom was drawn from the very people of this land.

Nirmalangshu Mukherji Just so. :)

Aparna Krishnan And the Representatives take on themselves the project of relegating Gandhi into the margins - and also claim that they are doing so for the 'masses'. Such arrogance as theirs would be hard to come by. As in the case of the Eminent Lady who's latest wagon to instant fame has been 'debunking Gandhi'. From her writings, as a senior friend observed, she seems to neither know Gandhi, nor Ambedkar, nor India. Nor cares for learning from any of the three, in humility (all learning can only happen in humility), towards the good of this land.

Nirmalangshu Mukherji Can't agree more. More to come. The issue is not just historical, it is urgently political right now.

Aparna Krishnan yep, it is.

Nirmalangshu Mukherji The trouble is you work in a village, it is hard to catch up with 'eminent ladies' in the heart of Lutyen's Delhi. :)

Aparna Krishnan they hardly interest me. not do they imo matter, except to themselves.

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