The purpose of these articles is to counter the deliberate re-writing of history with those stubborn things called facts, and that wonderful thing called truth. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20)
In October 2006, because of its large Indian population and M.K. Gandhi’s close association with the country, many in South Africa celebrated the 100th anniversary of his philosophy of Satyagraha – passive resistance – as well as the 137th anniversary of his birth. Those who were celebrating included many within the ruling Communist-dominated African National Congress. And the most famous Indian in history was lauded by the most famous Xhosa in history, Nelson Mandela, for his supposed “contribution” to the “struggle against apartheid” (in truth, the Communist terrorist revolution against the South African State). And Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, hailed Mandela as “the greatest Gandhian of them all” for supposedly transforming the lives of millions of South Africans. He said that Gandhi would have been “elated” to see his aspirations realised in the transformation of South Africa under Mandela’s leadership. He added that in the eyes of the world, the mantle of Gandhi seems to have “descended” on Mandela.
It has always made me smile to read of the mutual back-slappings by black African Communists and Indian followers of Gandhi, for the “passive resistance” of Gandhi should really be a world removed from the armed resistance of the Communists! I do not support any form of sinful resistance against the State (Rom. 13:1-7). All I am pointing out is that African Communists in my part of the world, who were very willing to take up arms against the State and who used them to murder tens of thousands of people during their Red terrorist revolution, loudly praise Gandhi, who did not take up arms at all; and Indian Gandhians loudly praise the likes of Mandela and other terrorists, even going so far as to call Mandela the greatest Gandhian of all. Surely nothing could be further apart, ideologically, than Gandhi’s passive resistance and the terrorists’ armed resistance?
Of course, today both India and South Africa are Marxist states, so that alone goes a long way to explain this strange situation. Gandhi has been hijacked by the Reds and turned into an icon of the terrorist revolution (ridiculously called the “struggle” by the terrorists themselves), whereas his methods should disqualify him from ever being considered a hero by the Reds. This is precisely the kind of propaganda, of distortion of the historical reality, that Communists love to use, and unfortunately the masses are usually too ignorant of the truth to perceive the smokescreen. Certainly this is so in South Africa. Really, Gandhi and Mandela can hardly be called comrades-in-arms.
But what makes all this heaping of praise upon Gandhi’s head by South African black Marxists even more bizarre, is Gandhi’s own attitude towards the blacks themselves! He did not think all that much of them! It reminds me of the way in which millions of black Africans are embracing Islam, even though the founder of Islam, Mohammed, despised blacks and wrote very disparagingly of them. Evidently this is a fact that is kept well away from black converts to Islam; and just as evidently, the fact of Gandhi’s true attitude towards blacks is something that his present-day followers would rather did not become too widely known. Its potential consequences are devastating to the myth they are seeking to perpetrate, that Gandhi was a man deeply concerned with the plight of blacks, and always working to improve their lot.
For most of the twentieth century in South Africa, there was a lot of animosity between blacks and Indians. There still is. But it suits SA’s present black leaders to promote the idea that Gandhi united with the blacks against the white rulers of the past. It suits them because this serves to encourage Indian South Africans today to throw in their lot with the black Marxist organisation, the ruling African National Congress. They are given the impression that Gandhi was cut from the same cloth as Mandela. The truth, however, is that they are the same only in their racial prejudice. Mandela looks down upon white South Africans, and Gandhi looked down upon black South Africans.
Let’s look at the evidence. In quotations I will often add italics for emphasis.
In the early twentieth century, when he came to South Africa, the young lawyer Gandhi was thrown off a train at Pietermaritzburg station for sitting in the section reserved for whites. Of course, liberals and Communists never tire of narrating this incident, milking it for all it is worth, and in the process embellishing the truth to suit their own purposes. We are given the impression that Gandhi was protesting about the exclusion of all non-whites from the railroad coach. That is the myth. What is the truth?
The truth is that Gandhi was attempting to get the white authorities to only let Indians ride in the coaches with the whites! He didn’t do it for the blacks, he did it solely for Indians! Here are his own words:
“You say that the magistrate’s decision is unsatisfactory because it would enable a person, however unclean, to travel by a tram, and that even the Kaffirs [i.e. blacks; the word “Kaffirs” was not always used in a derogatory sense in those times, although today it is] would be able to do so. But the magistrate’s decision is quite different. The Court declared that the Kaffirs have no legal right to travel by tram. And according to tram regulations, those in an unclean dress or in a drunken state are prohibited from boarding a tram. Thanks to the Court’s decision, only clean Indians or coloured people other than Kaffirs, can now travel in the trams.”i
Quite clearly, Gandhi was relieved that the court had not given blacks permission to travel in this way! Gandhi, in fact, believed in the segregation of blacks and Indians! He wrote in his newspaper in1906: “We consider that it was a wise policy on the part of the British Indians throughout South Africa, to have kept themselves apart and distinct from the other coloured communities in this country.”ii Having attended school in England, he became “an advocate of the English lifestyle for his people. For example, except for his first year, he never lived in the Indian section of town.”iii Today Mandela and his Communist comrades in the ANC praise Gandhi as a “hero of the struggle” against “white domination”, but the truth is that Gandhi believed in a form of (wait for it…) – apartheid!