Ghandi; antediluvian...federalist

Ian Murray seamus2001 at
Wed Oct 3 21:26:10 PDT 2001

["Politics and religion are obsolete. The time has come for science and spirituality" Jawaharlal Nehru]

< > <...> In February 1938 Frances Gunther, the wife of John Gunther the American journalist, and author of the best-seller Inside Asia Today, wrote to Jawaharlal Nehru that she told Lord Linlithgow, the then Viceroy of India, that Gandhi had brought Indians up from the tenth to the nineteenth century but it was Nehru's task to carry them from the nineteenth to the twentieth. She was not alone in thinking that Gandhi's ideas were antediluvian and suited to a pre-industrial, and pre-modern society. Most intellectuals not only in the West but in India would have endorsed her verdict. It does not seem to have occurred to them that Gandhi may have been thinking ahead of his time. <...>

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