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Mahatma Gandhi: Hero Or Sinner Essay

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Although for many years this was the image and the only story of Mahatma Gandhi, as time passed and the people of Western countries started looking deeper and knowing more about him, they started reassessing Gandhi. Many people are against his reassessment saying that there is no point of doing so, since he is already dead for years. Not only is the west trying to reassess Gandhi, but it is also blaming him for the current issues in India. Today there are still problems in India dealing with ethnicity, religion and social classes. Even though many years have passed and there have been other leaders in place who led India for all those years after him, the west still believes that even the problems today are connected to Gandhi, and whatever that is happening in India today is what he has left as a legacy. Some believe that he has worsen the ethnical situation and only because of his philosophy that have passed like legacy from one leader to the other, India today still suffers from discrimination. After coming back to India from Africa Gandhi started to praise the Hindu caste system. From analyzing his speeches and his actions the western people today believe that all the racial and religious discrimination in India is caused by the speeches and philosophy of Gandhi, since all the leaders after him were his biggest fans and they would praise everything he had built therefore there are no other rights or wrongs but his words and rules. It is also believed that India till today has the elites controlling and the poor suffering only because it has been designed that way from the beginning, and for the beginning it is always Mahatma that is blamed, since he was the one starting the new India, the new life style and new rules and culture of India (Singh 2004).
Even though many Indians, and Mahatma Gandhi himself claimed that he was equally treating the Muslims and Hindus at his time, today after analyzing his speeches the west have come to a conclusion that it was not fully the truth. He himself was born in a Hindu family and had a strong belief in religion and God. In many of his speeches Gandhi talked about religion, which was one of his ways to control the people. He though said that it did not matter to him who came from what religion background, after analyzing many of his speeches and taking into consideration some of his big actions many came to believe that, him treating the Muslims and Hindus equally was only a myth. Gandhi in his writing always mentioned his disapproval of Hindu-Muslim marriages. He suggested people marrying in their own religious groups and he believed and openly talked about how he thought a Muslim husband and a Hindu wife would never be happy in their love and marriage. In his speeches he promoted Hinduism and the ideology of it which led to people believing that India was for Hindus only therefore should be Hindu nation. Gandhi also promoted the religion of Hinduism saying it should be the main faith in India and it...

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