Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gandhians today, and Gandhi yesterday

Many of today’s anti-corruption protestors believe that they are participating in the second freedom struggle from misrule. Ambedkar had warned against extra-constitutional means of protests. But today, in the name of Gandhi, many believe that constitutional processes are expendable. Actually, It is good that Gandhi is back in the public memory. If this provides an opportunity to try and understand him, it will be even better. While the tumultuous protests we are witnessing today seem to cluster under the umbrella of Gandhism, how Gandhian is the Anna Hazare led movement?
In this article "Gandhism redux? Wanna be Gandhis and the original Gandhi", I attempt to understand Gandhi and his relevance today.

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