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The Hidden Side Of The Influential Leader, Gandhi

806 words - 4 pages

Amit Siso
History
Period 4
4/9/14

The Hidden Side of the Influential Leader, Gandhi

Once ----- stated, “Just as there are two sides to every story, there are two sides to every person. One that we reveal to the world and another we keep hidden inside” (____). And so did the great and unforgettable leader, Mahatma Gandhi. Who was the real Father of the Indian nation? Was Gandhi what one thought he was? Gandhi was and will always be on known for every child, every young man and woman, and every old man and woman mind. He will always be depicted as a noble leader whom spent life fighting for justice through “satyagraha”- reaching truth. Contrastingly, there is a second face to the person ...view middle of the document...

He set up ashrams in which he began his first “experiments” with sex; boys and girls were to bathe and sleep together” (____). It may come into view, that Gandhi, the most famous face for independence, and also the man who everyone mirrored, was taking advantage of his own power to satisfy his own needs- “soul strengthening exercise”. As disturbing as it sounds, Gandhi also took asset on his own family member, his niece Manuben, a woman who served herself as the backbone of “Bapu”- father. The India Today website, displayed four decades after Manuben’s death, her personal diaries. They highlight the deep and disturbing effects that Gandhi’s “experiments” had on a mind of a young women. It is states that “Gandhi had Manuben sleep with him so that he could keep a close eye on her. An innocent girl ought to feel no shame in sleeping with her bapu”(1). Many can argue and have diverse opinion on whether he needed to “keep a close eye on her” or was he taking advantage of his power to gratify his sexual needs of sleeping with naked women, since he vowed of chastity. Furthermore, in one of Manuben entries, she announced that Gandhi referred to her as ‘Maya’, which translates into temptation (1). Individuals can agree, that Manuben, being referred to as temptation, is not just “keep[ing] a close eye on her”, but more falls into taking...

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