India had a trump card to force Pakistan out of Kashmir. India held Rs 55 crores in terms of assets and liabilities that it had to give Pakistan. We held it back to force Pakistan out of Kashmir and that move may have worked.
However the Mahatma went on a fast unto death for that money to be released to Pakistan! India lost a golden opportunity and since then not only is the Kashmir dispute still alive, but there have been multiple wars and the loss of tens of thousands of lives. So much for peace and non-violence!
6. Expensive poverty: While the Mahatma had the image of a scantily clad man who lived an extremely simple life, it was only on the surface.
There is a famous quote of one of his disciples that says something to the effect of: It costs us a fortune to keep Gandhi poor! He accepted a lot of donations from rich industrialists with GD Birla being the most famous of them and while it is true that he travelled, what is not discussed is that the whole compartment used to be reserved just for him!
His humble farm was also costly to maintain. There are even allegations that due to that he did not vigorously take up a petition by Birla workers complaining about the bad conditions that they had to work in.
Is that the first case of politics-business conflict of interest in India? The country is full of it today.
The Mahatma was also infamous for once commenting over earthquake deaths that God was punishing sinners! There have also been many issues raised over the Mahatma’s sex life with the latest being raised in a book called Gandhi: Naked Ambition by Jad Adams.
But these two points concern his personal life while the above mentioned six have changed the fate of India in more ways than one can imagine.
Image: Gandhi and Jinnah in Bombay, September 1944 / Wikimedia Commons
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