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Anti-Gandhi Rally in San Francisco

Anti-Gandhi Rally in San Francisco

 

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OCT 2ND PROTEST RALLY AT SAN FRANCISCO GANDHI STATUE

San Francsico, CA – Sept. 20, 2007 – Gandhism.net will host an anti-Gandhi rally at 11am on Oct. 2nd at the statue of Mohandas Gandhi outside the San Francisco Ferry Terminal. The rally is a response to the United Nations declaration of Oct. 2nd as an “International Day of Non-Violence.” This date is the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi, and was chosen to honor a man most consider an icon of nonviolence.

The rally will emphasize Gandhi’s virulent anti-black racism, participation in a 1906 British war on blacks, and his attempt to coverup the murder of an American citizen by his followers.

While living in South Africa, Gandhi said of the black natives: “Ours is one continual struggle against a degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the Europeans, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir whose occupation is hunting, and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with and, then, pass his life in indolence and nakedness.”

“The popular image of Gandhi as an egalitarian pacifist is a myth,” said Peter Flanigan, the site’s webmaster. “Our rally is intended to challenge that myth by disseminating Gandhi’s own words revealing his racism and sham nonviolence.”

At the rally, Gandhism.net will circulate similar Gandhi quotes and highlight his anti-black activism in South Africa. Gandhism.net will also assert that Gandhi’s promotion of institutionalized racism in South Africa may have facilitated the rise of Apartheid.

About Gandhism.net – Gandhism.net was founded by Americans concerned about the negative effects of Mohandas Gandhi’s philosophy on international politics and the daily lives of Indian minorities. The website is dedicated to factually debunking the myth of “Mahatma” Gandhi, primarily through the use of his own writings.

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For more information please call Peter Flanigan at webmaster@gandhism.net.

Indian Minorities Protest Gandhi in San Francisco

Indian Minorities Protest Gandhi in San Francisco

 

 San Francisco, CA – Oct. 2, 2007 – A group of American and Indian citizens gathered in San Francisco today to protest the recent United Nations resolution honoring Gandhi and declaring Oct. 2nd an “International Day of Non-Violence.” The protest was sponsored by Gandhism.net and occurred in front of a Gandhi statue at the San Francisco Ferry Terminal.

Rally organizer Peter Flanigan said Gandhism involves a commitment to cloaking violence in pacifist terms. As an example, he mentioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s recent invocation of Gandhi to defend the U.S.-Indo nuclear deal, where PM Singh insisted that men such as the creator of India’s first nuclear bomb were inspired by Gandhi. “Gandhi is physically dead,” Flanigan said, “but his racist ideology lives on within the Indian government.”

Literature distributed at the protest contained direct quotes from Gandhi’s writings. One quote was from a 1947 prayer meeting, where Gandhi said, “If we had the atom bomb, we would have used it against the British.” Another was from his time in South Africa, where he said, “Ours is one continual struggle against a degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the Europeans, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir whose occupation is hunting, and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with and, then, pass his life in indolence and nakedness.”

Indian minority protesters said the Indian government never misses an opportunity to use Gandhi’s image to portray India as a secular and equitable state. The more India promotes Gandhi, they said, the more aggressively Indian minorities will react against Gandhism.

Anticipating a peaceful protest in this popular tourist location, protesters calmly displayed signs and distributed literature. Immediately upon their arrival, however, they were approached by several Gandhian Indians. Shocked to see fellow Indians with signs bearing slogans such as “UNO + Gandhism = Racism” and “Gandhi Day Sad Day for Human Rights,” these Gandhians initiated a confrontation.

They hurled verbal abuse and even death threats at the protesters. Referencing the Indian government orchestrated carnage of November, 1984, One Gandhian shouted at a Sikh present at this all-minority inclusive event. He said, “We eliminated 5000 of you in New Delhi! Haven’t you learned your lesson? You damn taxi drivers.”

The protesters were undeterred. One even shouted, “Long live America!” He told the Gandhians, “This is not India, where you can kill minorities. This is the United States, where freedom of speech is protected.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The protesters appealed to this quote, saying that injustices in India which are cloaked by Gandhism must be exposed. They say the best way to do this is to strike at the root by exposing Gandhi’s racism and sham nonviolence.

Gandhi’s Grandson Visits California

Gandhi’s Grandson Visits California

 The following is a October 16, 2007 news piece from The Press-Enterprise.

Arun Gandhi will speak Saturday and Sunday in Sun City about lessons of nonviolence he learned while living with his grandfather, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi.

Gandhi, 73, president of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Rochester, N.Y., will use examples he learned to explain nonviolent means of living and passive resistance.

The Rev. Don Lunday, community spiritual leader at the Center for Spiritual Living in Sun City, organized Gandhi’s trip to Sun City. Lunday, who has known Gandhi for more than 10 years, organized a similar trip to Sun City in February 2006.

Gandhi was born in South Africa. When he was 12, his parents took him to India to live with his grandfather. Through daily lessons, his grandfather taught him about nonviolence through the understanding of violence.

After working for 30 years as a journalist in India, Arun Gandhi came to the United States in 1987. He lives in Rochester and gives 200 to 250 speeches a year, Lunday said.

On Saturday and Sunday, Gandhi will speak at four events. From 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, he will talk to teenagers for 30 to 45 minutes and take questions at the United Church of Christ, 26701 McCall Blvd.

Reservations are not required and there is no admission fee. Information: 951-679-6622.

Also on Saturday, he will speak for 20 to 30 minutes and take questions at a 5:45 p.m. dinner at the Center for Spiritual Living, 26805 Murrieta Road. Admission is $50. Proceeds will be used to pay for Gandhi’s trip, Lunday said. Reservations: 951-679-6622.

On Sunday, Gandhi will talk at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services at the Center for Spiritual Living. Reservations are not required and there is no admission fee.

Indian Minorities Confront Arun Gandhi

Indian Minorities Confront Arun Gandhi

 

Sun City, CA – Oct. 20, 2007 – “Mahatma” Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi, drew protest from Indian minorities when he spoke in Southern California on Saturday.

confrontation-1Approximately 10 Indian minorities attended the first event, a speech at the Sun City United Church of Christ. During the question and answer session, several Indians challenged Mr. Gandhi to explain aspects of Mohandas Gandhi’s writings which highlighted his racism and sham nonviolence.

Mohandas Gandhi said: “It cannot be said that Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism are separate religions. All these four faiths and their offshoots are one. Hinduism is an ocean into which all the rivers run. It can absorb Islam and Christianity and all other religions and only then can it become the ocean.” This quote was paraphrased by one Indian, who also mentioned Article 25 of the Indian Constitution, which declares Sikhs, Buddhists, and Jains to be Hindus.

“How can Gandhism be called tolerant,” asked the Indian, “when it forces these religious minorities to be Hindus?”

Mr. Gandhi replied that Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism are all offshoots from Hinduism. He said it was not incorrect to call adherents of these religions “Hindus.” This statement is completely false, as these four religions all have completely separate scriptures, beliefs, and traditions and cannot be construed as identical religions by any objective observer.

Another Indian mentioned Gandhi’s quote, “If we had the atom bomb, we would have used it against the British.” Mr. Gandhi said he had never heard of the quote and that his grandfather would never say such a thing. This quote, however, was documented by Gandhi’s long-time trusted secretary, Pyarelal Nayyar, in “Mahatama Gandhi: The Last Phase.”

Peter Flanigan, webmaster of Gandhism.net, asked about Mohandas Gandhi’s anti-black activism while in South Africa. He referenced the Durban post office incident and quoted some of Gandhi’s anti-black comments. In light of Gandhi’s South African activities, Mr. Flanigan asked, “Why was Gandhi so offended by being associated with black people? And to what extent did he contribute to the rise of Apartheid in South Africa?”

Mr. Gandhi first said he had never heard of these quotes or the Durban incident, although they are very well-documented and included in the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi.

confrontation-2He also said that his grandfather was friendly towards the South African blacks, even helping nurse wounded blacks during the Second Boer War. He neglected to mention that Mohandas Gandhi later served as a British Sergeant Major during the 1906 Natal Zulu Rebellion. According to Gandhi: “Those who confine themselves to attending the wounded cannot be absolved from the guilt of war.” Arun Gandhi finally tried to justify his grandfather’s anti-black quotes by saying that Gandhi “lived in a different time” when people were not as “enlightened.” He also insisted that Gandhi later apologized for his anti-black comments, which is false.

There is no record of Gandhi ever apologizing for his racism. Additionally, though it may have been a “different time,” Gandhi has long been cast as the ultimate egalitarian. He has also been heavily associated with the American Civil Rights Movement, which sought to end the degradation of black people. His own disdain for blacks, however incidental to his era, should disqualify Gandhi as a civil rights hero.

Despite billing himself as a devotee of complete nonviolence, Arun Gandhi became visibly frustrated and incensed as he was confronted with the reality of Gandhi’s beliefs.

Protesters followed Arun Gandhi to his next event, a fundraising dinner at The Center for Spiritual Living in Sun City. They held signs with slogans such as “Gandhi’s India Kills Minorities” and quotes from Gandhi like “Hitler is not a bad man.” They also distributed two versions of the Gandhi Pamphlet to all attendees.

Mr. Flanigan spoke for the protesters, saying they are dedicated to “setting the record straight by exposing the historical Gandhi for what he was – a shame and a sham.”

Gandhians Push Nevada Monument

Gandhians Push Nevada Monument

 

Led by Rajan Zed, the Hindu chaplain recently chosen by Senator Harry Reid to open the U.S. Senate in prayer, a group of clerics is meeting with Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons to demand a state-sanctioned Gandhi Monument. They are also demanding the mayors of Las Vegas and Reno erect life-size statues of Gandhi in their cities.

As documented by Gandhism.net, this man obviously deserves no such honors. To protest the proposed Nevada Gandhi Monument and Gandhi statues, please contact the office of Governor Jim Gibbons.

Phone: (775) 684-5670
Fax: (775) 684-5683
101 N. Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701

Also call Mayor Oscar Goodman (Las Vegas) and Mayor Robert Cashell (Reno) to request they refuse to erect Gandhi statues in their cities.

Mayor Oscar Goodman
Phone: (702) 229-6241
Fax: (702) 385-7960
400 Stewart Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Mayor Robert Cashell
Phone: (775) 334-2001
PO Box 1900
Reno, NV 89505

September 15, 2007 article from Sify News:

New York: An interfaith committee has been formed in the US state of Nevada to push for the building of a monument in honour of Mahatma Gandhi in the capital and erection of his statues in two other cities.

Members of the Gandhi Monument Committee plan to meet with Governor Jim Gibbons shortly to press him for establishment of the monument in Carson City and to make representations to the mayors of Las Vegas and Reno for erecting life-size statues of the Mahatma in the two cities.

Announcing the formation of the committee, conveners Reverend Gene Savoy Jr and Rajan Zed said their aim is to commemorate the philosophy of non-violence and peace.

The Council comprises Father Charles T Durante (Catholic), Pastor Carl Wilfrid (Lutheran), Father George C Bratiotis (Greek Orthodox), Reverend John J Auer (Methodist), Reverend Alan Dorway (Presbyterian), Imam Abdul Barghouthi (Muslim), Rajan Zed (Hindu), Reverend Philip Bryan (Buddhist), Rabbi Myra Soifer (Jew), Trip Barthel (Bahai), Reverend Laurie Chappelle (Episcopalian), Reverend Gene Savoy Jr (International Community of Christ), and Irwin Sharp Fish Sr (Native American).

The Committee has already started a signature campaign among the clergy in support of their proposals.

Gandhi Monument Committee Contacts

Please contact the following proponents of the Gandhi Monument to respectfully inform them of Mohandas Gandhi’s documented racism, sham dedication to nonviolence, and coverup of the murder of an American citizen at the hands of his followers.Rev. John Auer
Phone: (775) 322-2013

Imam Abdul Barghouthi
Phone: (702) 786-2522

Trip Barthel
Phone: (775) 358-5834

Rev. George C. Bratiotis
Phone: (775) 331-7328

Rev. Alan Dorway
alanfpc@sbcglobal.net
Phone: (775) 882-1032

Father Charles Durante
Phone: (775) 329-0011

Rev. Gene Savoy, Jr.
info@communityofchrist.org
Phone: (775) 348-1818

Rabbi Myra Soifer
MyRabbi@MyWay.com
Phone: (775) 747-6330

Pastor Carl Wilfrid
Phone: (775) 329-0696

Rajan Zed
rajanzed@gmail.com

Arun Gandhi Hijacks Dr. King’s Legacy

Arun Gandhi Hijacks Dr. King’s Legacy

 

Modesto, CA – Feb. 2, 2008 – Thirty Indian minorities protested the choice of Arun Gandhi to keynote Modesto Junior College’s (MJC) 14th Annual Martin Luther King Commemoration.

In a protest arranged by Organization for Minorities of India (OFM), Indian Christians, Muslims, and Sikhs waved signs and distributed literature at a reception arranged for Arun Gandhi in the Modesto King-Kennedy Center. Bhajan Singh, the group’s spokesman said: “Dr. King fought and died to give civil rights to American blacks. Gandhi fought to deny civil rights to African blacks. It insults Dr. King’s memory to commemorate him by focusing on Gandhi.” Literature distributed by OFMI challenged attendees to “Protect Dr. King’s Legacy” by rejecting the attempted link between Dr. King and Mohandas Gandhi.

Additionally, Mr. Singh pointed out that Mr. Gandhi devotes his time to harsh criticism of Israeli and American policies, but he is “missing in action” in India. He said, “Arun Gandhi has not acted against the violence in Gujarat, his grandfather’s native state. He has not marched against the murder of Christians in Orissa. He pays lip service to these atrocities, but he refuses to march, to fast, to protest.” In the words of Peter Flanigan, webmaster of Gandhism.net, Mr. Gandhi talks the talk in America, but will not walk the walk in India.

Later in the evening, Mr. Gandhi moved to the MJC Mary Stuart Rogers Learning Center for the main event. Approximately 500 people attended the MJC event. Before Mr. Gandhi began his speech, nearly everyone present had received and read an OFMI flyer detailing the elder Gandhi’s racism.

OFMI confronted Mr. Gandhi with several written questions. They asked if Mr. Gandhi was aware of his grandfather’s South African newspaper, The Indian Opinion, where most of Gandhi’s anti-black writings were published. Not only did Mr. Gandhi acknowledge the paper, but he said his father took over publishing it when Mohandas Gandhi returned to India. One question asked what Dr. King and Gandhi had in common, considering Gandhi’s anti-black writings. Mr. Gandhi claimed the common link was a dream of “peace and harmony.”

While commemoration organizers insisted the event would honor Dr. King rather than Gandhi, Mr. Gandhi’s speech primarily involved anecdotes about his time with his grandfather. Furthermore, the question and answer session was almost exclusively focused on questions regarding Mohandas Gandhi instead of Dr. King.

Consequently, OFMI presented another question: “You claim Gandhi’s dream was for harmony, yet his writings in The Indian Opinion promoted racism and segregation. How does segregation promote harmony?” Ignoring the background to the question, Mr. Gandhi replied: “It doesn’t.” While completely dodging the question, Mr. Gandhi did condemn his grandfather by implication. Mohandas Gandhi’s pro-segregation campaigns are well-documented – hence he did not dream of harmony, at least while in South Africa.

The event was organized by the following sponsors:

City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department, King-Kennedy Memorial Center, Modesto Peace Life Center, Modesto Junior College, Yosemite Community College District, California State University, Stanislaus Office of Student Learning, The Modesto Bee, Frailing, Rockwell & Kelly, The Women’s Auxiliary, Kaiser Permanente, Ruben Villalobos, Esq., Project Sentinel, County Bank, Modesto Irrigation District, AARP, and the Associated Students of MJC, Association for Conflict Resolution, Central California Chapter, and Fresno Pacific University.

Prior to the event, OFMI representatives met with organizing committee to express disapproval of Mr. Gandhi as the event’s keynote speaker. They urged the committee to cancel the event or change the speaker out of respect for Dr. King’s legacy. While this request was obviously ignored, OFMI was successful in securing friendships among several leaders of the local African-American community. Gandhism.net and OFMI anticipate assisting these leaders in organizing a forum in the near future for the purpose of analyzing Mohandas Gandhi’s relations with South African blacks.

Modesto Bee Covers Gandhi Protest

Modesto Bee Covers Gandhi Protest

February 3, 2008 excerpt from a Modesto Bee article:

Appropriately enough, there was a peaceful and polite demonstration by The Organization for Indian Minorities.

About 30 protesters waved signs at passing cars and handed out anti-Gandhi literature to those attending a reception in Arun Gandhi’s honor at the King-Kennedy Center. When they held up signs to the windows outside the reception, Tommie Muhammad, host of the MJC event, asked the protesters to please step back, which they did.

Muhammad said the protesters had a “cultural beef with the Gandhi family” but that wouldn’t detract from the celebration. “The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. took a part of Gandhi’s nonviolent philosophy and made it a worldwide event for the betterment of everybody.”

Bhajan Singh, of Manteca, acting as spokesman for the protesters, said Gandhi’s history of bigotry meant that he should never be compared to King. He said the protesters wanted to protect King’s legacy.

Almost all of the protesters were Indians and half identified themselves as Sikhs.

In response, OFMI wrote the following letter to the editor of The Modesto Bee:

Dear Editor,I am writing in response to your story about Arun Gandhi’s appearance at MJC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. As the director of the Organization for Minorities of India (OFMI) mentioned in the article, I am shocked at your careless coverage of our protest. While you paraphrased me as condemning Mahatma Gandhi’s “history of bigotry,” you neglected to explain why we believe he was a bigot.

As I told your reporter, Gandhi was a bigot because he fought to deny civil rights to African blacks. Considering Dr. King fought and died to give civil rights to American blacksConsidering these diametrically opposed goals, it’s insulting to link Dr. King to Gandhi.

The article also quoted Tommie Muhammad, the event’s host, as accusing us of having a “cultural beef” with Gandhi. This is disingenuous, considering our protest was premised solely on revealing Gandhi’s deeply anti-black writings and activism in South Africa. How is it a “cultural beef” for a diverse group of Indians, including Christians, Muslims, and Sikhs, to oppose focusing on the life and philosophy of an indisputable racist (Gandhi) at an event ostensibly intended to honor an American civil rights hero (Dr. King)? Our only concern is to protect Dr. King’s legacy.

We do not have space here to provide facts and references proving Mahatma Gandhi’s racism, so we would refer readers to our website: www.Gandhism.net.

Sincerely,
Bhajan Singh

London Sikhs Oppose Gandhi Statue

London Sikhs Oppose Gandhi Statue

The following is a March 5, 2008 press release from the UK Sikh Federation:

London – Mar. 5, 2008 – The Sikh Federation (UK) recently held a meeting with the Mayor of London at City Hall on the eve of the London Mayoral elections. The Mayor was presented with a silver shield by Bhai Amrik Singh and Bhai Narinderjit Singh, Chair and General Secretary of the Sikh Federation (UK) for the work he has done to support the Sikh community.

The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, said the meeting was an london-sikhs-oppose-statueopportunity to discuss a range of issues that are of concern to the Sikh community, such as the right to practise one’s religion and Sikh identity. Opportunities offered by the Olympic Games for the Sikh community, including employment, training and skills, as well as the sporting and cultural benefits were also discussed.In a press release following the meeting the Mayor said: “It is important that the Sikh and other communities are properly represented at every level of government and it is essential that members of the Sikh community exercise their right to vote. Sikh organisations have a key role to play in promoting registration, whilst monitoring can help us assess progress made in terms of employment and representation. This is why the Greater London Authority gives the opportunity for employees to describe their ethnic as well as religious group as being Sikh on recruitment and monitoring forms. I am committed to ensuring that the Sikh community – as with others – is able to participate fully and benefit from London’s continuing success.”

The Mayor of London has backed the separate recognition and monitoring of Sikhs, the Sikh Identity Conference in 2006 and the first World Sikh Summit in September 2007. The Mayor has also backed campaigns to defend the freedom of religious and cultural expression, and most recently in the case of a 14-year-old Welsh school girl who has been excluded from school for wearing a Kara.

The Mayor pledged to continue to support Sikh campaigns and events. For instance, the campaign for separate recognition and mentoring of Sikhs for the Census 2011, appropriate logistical support for Sikhs to better work with policy makers in London, a permanent monument to honour Sikhs killed in “conflict” and the forthcoming Sikh Freedom Lobby at the European Parliament in Brussels on 7 May 2008. Two events planned and to be hosted by the Mayor for later in the year were also discussed and agreed in principle.

The Sikh Federation (UK) also provided the Mayor with useful information for him to consider why it is not appropriate to support a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square. Prior to the meeting the Mayor’s Office were made aware of factual information on www.gandhism.net. It is almost certain the idea of a statue of Gandhi, which has also been strongly opposed by Westminster City Council is now permanently off the agenda.

Gandhians Push Leicester Statue

Gandhians Push Leicester Statue

March 6, 2008 excerpt from a Daily Times (Pakistan) article:

A row has erupted in Leicester over whether a new £20,000 statue should honour Gary Lineker or Mahatma Gandhi.

Leicester council is set to approve the Gandhi statue in a mainly Asian area of the city. But protesters say Gandhi has ‘no connection’ to English culture and set up a petition for the statue to honour local hero Lineker instead.

The 47-year-old TV football host played for Leicester and England and advertises the city’s Walkers crisps. Lee Ingram, who set up the No Gandhi Statue online petition, said they felt there were more deserving local figures. “Gandhi is a historical figure connected to India. He has no connection to English culture or the English, therefore a statue of him would be more suitably erected in India,” he said.

But Samanwaya Parivar, a charity behind the plan for the 12ft bronze statue, is confident its application will be accepted by the council.

Jitendra Acharya, the charity’s general secretary, maintained that a Gandhi statue would be fitting in the multicultural city as “Gandhi’s philosophies of truth, peace and non-violence had no boundaries.”

Leicester MP Keith Vaz, who has tabled an early-day motion in Parliament to raise awareness of the project, said: “A statue of Gandhi will be an excellent symbol of Leicester’s commitment to diversity.”

To protest the statue, you can contact MP Vaz:

Constituency Office:
Phone: 0116 212 2028
Fax: 0116 212 2121
E-mail: vazk@parliament.uk

Parliamentary Office:
Phone: 020 7219 4605
Fax: 020 7219 3922
E-mail: vazk@parliament.uk

Gandhi Festival Challenged With Gandhi’s Racism

Gandhi Festival Challenged With Gandhi’s Racism

Reno, NV – On Saturday, July 26, a group volunteered to distribute information about Gandhi outside the Reno River School’s “Gandhi Festival.” The event was intended to “celebrate peace, love, freedom, non-violence, self-power and conscious living” and was key-noted by local Hindu chaplain, Rajan Zed.

The volunteers were a diverse crowd, including local Indian-Americans, other concerned Reno citizens, and college students from Nevada and California. They erected a number of signs and distributed literature detailing Gandhi’s extensive history of anti-minority discrimination.

Signs included slogans such as “Don’t be fooled by Gandhi propaganda – Side with truth!” One sign displayed a timeline of Gandhi’s life, demonstrating his consistent, long-term dedication to anti-minority beliefs. The timeline read:

1869: Gandhi born as a high-caste Hindu

1895: Promotes segregation in South Africa

1906: Joins British Army to fight blacks

1931: Opposes rights for low-caste Untouchables

1940s: Defends and supports Hitler

Organizers at the River School offered a hostile response. Tom Stille, founder of the school, initiated contact with some volunteers, raising his voice, saying, “I live here” and that he was being embarrassed. He also demanded to know why they were “defaming a great man.” James Pariyar, a volunteer at the event, said: “How does it defame Gandhi to tell the whole truth? ‘Defamation’ implies spreading lies, but all of our information is taken straight from Gandhi’s own writings!” Later, Mr. Stille took several photographs of volunteers in an intimidating manner.

Kim Swearingen, general manager for Interpretive Gardens, which is the River School’s parent organization, became very angry at the peaceful volunteers. She told people who were calmly distributing flyers on public property near the event entrance: “I want you out of my sight.” Meanwhile, volunteers politely and amicably distributed information to Gandhi Festival attendees, even offering directions to lost patrons.

Without exception attendees said they were previously unaware of Gandhi’s racist, anti-minority activities. Mr. Stille even admitted to Gandhi’s racism in South Africa, but argued Gandhi was immature and later changed. This argument holds little weight, however, considering several factors. First, Gandhi’s anti-black activities occurred consistently from the age of 26 to the age of 45. Second, he never apologized for his prejudice and only stopped publishing anti-black writings when he left South Africa and returned to India. At that point, he simply began publishing anti-Indian minority writings and even lied about his racist activities in Africa! Third, without an apology or public condemnation of his racist beliefs, there is no evidence to prove that Gandhi’s opinion ever changed.

As Peter Flanigan of Gandhism.net said, “Whether people ultimately support Gandhi or not, they deserve to know the complete truth.” This attitude was echoed by many Gandhi Festival attendees, who thanked the volunteers for publicizing the “other side of Gandhi” while disagreeing with their conclusions. Other attendees were not so willing to overlook Gandhi’s racism, however.

One young woman called Gandhi’s quotes “pretty crazy” as she pointed them out to her companions. Another man was so angry to learn about Gandhi’s racism that he refused to even enter the River School and drove home. And one group of young people were so convinced that they even posed for a picture with a banner reading: “We shall overcome Gandhism!”