" Democracy was
also a great narrative and not merely a monolithic kind of democratic participation."

Gandhivaad Kee Mimansa

Booklet: Gandhivaad Kee Mimansa
Translator: Shri Shrivardhan
Author: B.R.Ambedkar with conclusion by Chandrika Prasad Jigyasu
Pub: Bahujan Kalyan Prakashan, Lucknow
Fourth Edition, price- Rs. 10/-, pgs. 52

The booklet, a critique of Gandhism, discusses contradictions and social insidiousness embedded in its propositions. These are explicit in his various speeches and writings. He was against untouchability but not the menial occupations that accrued to ones low social status. In the guise of sacredness of dignity of physical labour, he glorified age-old occupations. He opposed payment of taxes to the government but favoured land revenue to zamindars. He favoured capitalists by denying presence of discretion among the working class. His condemnation of modern civilization as satanic shows his disregard for human progress. Contents of his prayers as well as actions revealed his predilections for Hinduism and Islam only and not for Buddhism. His faith in varna system speaks of his favour to upper castes. Thus, Gandhi was pro-capitalist. His followers in power attempted only to hoodwink the outcastes and the poor through slogans and use of mass media.


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