Sunday, January 13, 2013
Did Gandhi Deserve the Nobel Peace Prize
What I am going to write is quite explosive and many will not agree with me. This concerns Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and the peace prize. Gandhi is considered a Mahatma( great Soul). This is true to a limited extent, but basically he was a wily politician and many of his actions defy rationalisation. In a number of instances his actions were guided by his desire to be recognized as a apostle of non violence. He also wished to create an aura that he was above politics. Gandhi and Bhagat Singh An example is the case of the revolutionary Bhagat Singh and his comrades. All of them were sentenced to be hanged by the British presided courts. Many people requested Gandhi to make an appeal to the Viceroy, to spare these young men. But history records that Gandhi refused to make any appeal, on the plea that they had violated his code of non-violence. This shocked the entire nation and Gandhi was greeted with black flags at many places, but Gandhi the consummate politician ignored all this. So intent was he on his 'image', that he allowed these revolutionaries to be hanged.