Christopher Hitchens & Gandhi.

CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, who recently passed away due to Cancer being the IMMEDIATE CAUSE and the resentment of many, he had accumulated over a long period, being the latent cause, dwelt on the motives of the most revered and the pious and excoriated them by laying open a point of view quite alien to Indian minds. In an essay title THE REAL MAHATMA GANDHI, he brings to focus the Mahatma’s views on how to handle Hitler with SATYAGRAHA and the letter the Mahatma wrote to Hitler:

And it is not disputable that Gandhi himself regarded his own versions of ahimsa and satyagraha as universally applicable. By 1939, he was announcing that, if adopted by “a single Jew standing up and refusing to bow to Hitler’s decrees,” such methods might suffice to “melt Hitler’s heart.” This may read like mere foolishness, but a personal letter to the Führer in the same year began with the words My friend and went on, ingratiatingly, to ask: “Will you listen to the appeal of one who has deliberately shunned the method of war not without considerable success?” Apart from its conceit, this would appear to be suggesting that Hitler, too, might hope to get more of what he wanted by adopting a more herbivorous approach.

PASSIVE RESISTANCE is a tool which was employed by Jesus against the Roman Empire and the Jewish Spiritual Authorities like Annas and Caiaphas.

By the way, the name ANNA seems to be associated with movements which were challenged or overthrown, for example ANNAS, the Chief Priest of the Jewish religion was responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus and thereby brought the belief of Resurrection of Jesus into the spiritual plate of the religious minded and thus brought CHRISTIANITY to fruition. There was this C.N ANNADURAI, endearingly called ANNA, from the state of MADRAS, who challenged the Congress party in the then Madras state, and till date the Congress party has been piggy backing on the Dravidian parties in Tamil Nadu (part of erstwhile Madras State) for electoral gains in Tamil Nadu. Finally we have our ANNA HAZARE, who is creating quite a furore in the political firmament strutting and issuing diktats to the PARLIAMENT and setting the agenda for the MPs in India. So we should shed all the Shakespearen query of WHAT IS IN A NAME? and realize that there are certain names which crop up from time to time and disturb the quiet of the community.

Beside the choice of words used by Christopher Hitchens, it is the skepticism he entertained in the UNIVERSAL BELIEF SYSTEMS of  LEADERS which he poignantly presented,which  won him his following. For example, the Mahatma fought against a NATION OF SHOPKEEPERS, whereas the Jews were pitted against a MILITARY IDEALOGUE. The weapons used by each was different. HITLER, besides showing that the Treaty of Versailles was preposterously biased against Germany was able to present the Jews of Germany to be the rats he pulled out and presented as the root cause of all evil in Germany. So when the Mahatma’s prescription did not tally with his epistle to Hitler, Hitchens portrays the Mahatma as an inconsistent groveling appeaser.

But to my mind Hitchens missed the point. The greatness of the INDIAN MIND is that HOLD ON TO YOUR PHILOSOPHY, BUT WHEN YOU MEET A MAD MAN SLOW HIM DOWN FIRST AND THEN INDOCTRINATE HIM. The attempt by the Mahatma was merely to start an INTROSPECTION in the MILITARY IDEALOGUE. It worked with the British, primarily because the British were in India for the CREAM and the Mahatma gradually reduced the cream by telling the Indians, what they like to do most- BE IDLE. It worked, it became UNVIABLE for the British to sustain their shop activities in India. The Mahatma upset their apple cart and prescribed PASSIVE RESISTANCE as a PANACEA for all oppression.

But the icing on the cake is the expression HERBIVOROUS APPROACH for PASSIVE RESISTANCE! I am reminded of a quotation from Dr. Samuel Johnson:

If a madman were to come into this room with a stick in his hand, no doubt we should pity the state of his mind; but our primary consideration would be to take care of ourselves. We should knock him down first, and pity him afterwards.

Like the prescription of Johnson, the Mahatma was merely applying the principle of self protection first, as he couldn’t have been sure if the INA with Netaji would have been on the winning side. It could have been a subtle hint to Hitler that in the event of Hitler winning, the Mahatma would not use ANY OTHER FORCE!!

A herbivorous approach? May be…………we gotta arrive at our own conclusions.



The GERMANS are up again!

TIMES OF INDIA (Europe edition dt. 17th October, 2010):-

POTSDAM (Germany): Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society has “utterly failed”, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, adding fuel to a debate over immigration and Islam polarising her conservative camp.

Speaking to a meeting of young members of her Christian Democrats (CDU), Merkel said allowing people of different cultural backgrounds to live side by side without integrating had not worked in a country that is home to some four million Muslims.

“This (multicultural) approach has failed, utterly failed,” Merkel told the meeting in Potsdam, south of Berlin.

Read more: German multiculturalism has failed, says Chancellor Angela Merkel – The Times of India

Finally the Chancellor of Germany has voiced something which no German Chancellor since Herr Hitler had voiced more than 6 decades ago. This was something that was always expected by the Americans, Russians and the English. What is surprising is that this had taken so long, since the end of the II WORLD WAR. Legislation had been put in place to incarcerate anyone who said that there was no HOLOCAUST or that the Jews were not herded into the gas chambers at Auschwitz etc. etc.
With the arrival of  prosperity in the Sixties, there was a decline in attendance for unskilled labour in Germany (both in West as well as in East). So the Turks arrived and filled that slot with their exalted notions of their past, with SULEIMAN the MAGNIFICENT and the panoply of Sultans who threatened the world with the Islamic Ottoman Empire. But any ethnic group without a strong religious networking would have quickly lost its identity, but not the Turks who had an exalted history and a religious networking to reinforce their special position in the scheme of their God! The Jews survived years of humdrum in alien lands similarly, based on their Biblical history and the religious networking.
The only difference is that, now the turn of the Muslims has come to suffer in the hands of the Germans, who feel threatened by the growing UNINTEGRATED TURKISH population, totaling about 3 million out of the 7 million migrants in Germany. Till twenty years back the Americans, the English and the Russians had cleverly kept the Germans preoccupied with the EAST and WEST division, but after the fall of the Berlin Wall that integration has been pretty fast and surprisingly UNEVENTFUL & silent!!
This silence of the past 20 years seems to have coalesced into something similar to the times between the I and the II World Wars. Come to think of it, in a total population of 80 million the largest migrant population of 3 million is less than 4%, yet the “ANGST”- whatever that means to Germans- seems to have overtaken them. Since the Germans cannot ACCUSE anyone else they seem to be clutching at straws.
Further, Turkey should have a plan to rehabilitate the Turks in its own land, as Germans seem to have a proclivity for xenophobia more than any other country. The Germans seem to have forgotten the times when they needed cheap labour in the sixties and this statement of Mrs. ANGELA MERKEL is truly worrying. I hope this is not a clever ruse by the German political honchos to whip up national passions on ethnic grounds and start another purge.
Whether in German one calls it MULTI-KULTI or FALTU-KULTI, it is better that other ethnic groups leave the GERMANS alone. The good old saying is EAST OR WEST HOME IS BEST. Hope the Turks in Germany read the writing on the wall!!