Scholarly Quotes Regarding Gandhi

Scholarly Quotes Regarding Gandhi


Rev Dr. Lewis V Baldwin

 Dr. Lewis Baldwin on understanding Gandhi.

baldwin1…But the dialogue needs to be revived and significantly expanded to cover the larger connections between Gandhi and African Americans for two reasons. First, because Gandhi’s links to blacks in this country go back as far as George Washington Carver, and are as recent as Martin Luther King, Howard Thurman, and Benjamin E. Mays. Second, because violence, much of which is intra-communal in nature, is tearing at the moral fiber of the black community, and we need to know if we should still look to figures like Gandhi for answers and/or solutions…

…. This is a challenge that no human being should ignore in this age of cynicism, violence, and terror.

Dr. Lewis Baldwin teaches in the religious Studies Department at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.  He is the author of five books and numerous articles on the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr.  He also teaches courses on King and Gandhi. 

Colonel G.B. Singh

Colonel Singh, through a lifetime of research, is convinced of Gandhi’s very real struggle with racism, saying:


Colonel_G.B._Singh“Years of dedicated research on Gandhi convinced me that our hero was fundamentally a racist.”  “…Much of the irrefutable evidence lay buried beneath a mountain of Gandhi’s own writings…”




G.B. Singh Served in the U.S. Army as Colonel. He has published two extensive works on Gandhi including “Gandhi under Cross-Examination” and “Gandhi behind the mask of Divinity”.  He is an Historian, a Biographer, and a Columnist.

Sentletse Diakanyo


The greatest injustice against the struggle for liberation of black people was the projection of Mahatma Gandhi as committed to a cause against segregation. It is a fallacy that Gandhi in his struggles had any interests of black people at heart. His was a selfish cause to advance interests of Indians while encouraging continuing subjugation of black people. Gandhi held an absurd belief that Indians, along with whites, were a superior race to black people.

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Sentletse Diakanyo has about 14 000 followers on Twitter. For a person who does not have the stardust of an entertainer or the platform enjoyed by an editor of a national newspaper (the Mail & Guardian’s Nic Dawes has close to 19 000), this following is staggering. He is followed by fans and foes for his barnstorming, jack-of-all-trades and witty approach to current affairs.

Arundhati Roy

ArundhatiRoy_Reuters6How could a privileged-caste Bania (Muhatma Gandhi) claim that he, in his own person, represented 45 million Indian untouchables unless he believed he actually was a mahatma? Mahatmahood provided Gandhi with an amplitude that was not available to ordinary mortals. It allowed him to use his “inner voice” affectively, effectively, and often. It allowed him the bandwidth to make daily broadcasts on the state of his hygiene, his diet, his bowel movements, his enemas and his sex life, and to draw the public into a net of prurient intimacy that he could then use and manipulate when he embarked on his fasts and other public acts of self-punishment. It permitted him to contradict himself constantly and then say: “My aim is not to be consistent with my previous statements on a given question, but to be consistent with the truth as it may present itself to me in a given moment. The result has been that I have grown from truth to truth.”41

…Ordinary politicians oscillate from political expediency to political expediency. A mahatma can grow from truth to truth.

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Suzanna Arundhati Roy , referred to as Arundhati Roy was born Nov. 24, 1961, Shillong, Meghalaya, is an Indian author, actress, and political activist who was best known for the award-winning novel The God of small things (1997) and for her involvement in environmental and human rights causes.


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