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New Delhi(Zee Media Bureau): In comments that may trigger a controversy, former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju has called Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi a British agent, who did great harm to India.
Katju wrote in his blog:
This post is bound to draw a lot of flak at me, but that does not matter as I am not a popularity seeker I have often said things knowing that initially that will make me very unpopular, and I will be vilified and denounced by many. Nevertheless I say such things as I believe they must be said in my country’s interest. I submit that Gandhi was objectively a British agent who did great harm to India.”
“These are my reasons for saying this: 1. India has tremendous diversity, so many religions, castes, races, languages, etc ( see my article ‘ What is India ?’ on my blog justicekatju.blogspot.in ).
Realizing this the British policy was of divide and rule ( see online ‘ History in the Service of Imperialism ‘ , which is a speech delivered by Prof. B.N. Pande in the Rajya Sabha ).
By constantly injecting religion into politics continuously for several decades, Gandhi furthered the British policy of divide and rule.
If we read Gandhi’s public speeches and writings ( e.g. in his newspapers ‘Young India’, ‘ Harijan ‘, etc ) we find that ever since Gandhi came to India from South Africa in 1915 or so till his death in 1948, in almost every speech or article he would emphasize Hindu religious ideas e.g. Ramrajya, Go Raksha ( cow protection ), brahmacharya ( celibacy ), varnashram dharma ( caste system ), etc ( see Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi ).
Thus Gandhi wrote in ‘ Young India ‘ on 10.6.1921
Now Indians are a religious people, and they were even more religious in the first half of the 20th century. A sadhu or swamiji may preach such ideas to his followers in his ashram, but when they are preached day in and day out by a political leader, what effect will these speeches and writings have on an orthodox Muslim mind ? It would surely drive him towards a Muslim organization like the Muslim League, and so it did. Was this not serving the British policy of divide and rule ? By constantly injecting religion into politics for several decades, was Gandhi not objectively acting as a British agent ?
Some people praise Gandhi’s bravery in going to Noakhali, etc to douse the communal violence at the time of Partition.
Source: Zee Media Bureau