Unthinking politicians, who acquiesced in the illegal slaughter of Iraqis, raise a statue to an advocate of non-violence
When the proposal to erect a statue to Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament Square was discussed, Gandhi’s great grandson, Tushar Gandhi, responded: “It’s a nice way to apply a soothing balm to their consciences, to raise a statue. I have seen such false worship for 60 years, so I have stopped feeling queasy.”
The moral pygmy and the moral giant
Apparently unaware of the glaring contradiction with his and former governments’ policy, the prime minister said:
“By putting Gandhi in this famous square we are giving him an eternal home in our country. This statue celebrates the incredibly special friendship between the world’s oldest democracy and its largest, as well as the universal power of Gandhi’s message.”
Gandhi’s two most important messages are totally ignored by most of our politicians:
Gandhi, totally committed to non-violence, would NOT have welcomed the armaments and jet fighter planes the Cameron government seek to sell to India – and would have denounced the illegal invasion of Iraq.
Concern for the poorer and weaker members of society: his ‘talisman’
“I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt, or when the self becomes too much with you, apply the following test. Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man [woman] whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him [her]. Will he [she] gain anything by it? Will it restore him [her] to a control over his [her] own life and destiny?
In contrast with the so-called free trade regime beloved of unproductive middlemen and speculators, he had developed an alternative to growth-dependent, wealth-concentrating capitalism: the concept of sarvodaya (the welfare of all), swaraj (self-rule) and swadeshi (developing domestic production and boycotting foreign goods).
Right: Tavistock Square sculpture – man of action, not grandiose figurehead.
Gandhi believed that a country should use its expertise and resources to conduct its own financial affairs, defend its own country, produce its own goods and feed its own people.
The Parliament Square statue: A shameful, totally dishonest, trumpery charade.
Posted on March 15, 2015, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Government, Media, Military matters, Public relations, Reward for failure and tagged free trade, Gandhi's taiisman, Mahatma Gandhi, Parliament Square, sarvodaya (the welfare of all), swadeshi (developing domestic production, swaraj (self-rule), Tushar Gandhi. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.