|A book on Gandhi & Churchill by ArthurHerman|
''... it was alarming to see Mr. Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well-known in the East, striding half-naked up the steps of the Viceregal Palace, while he is still organizing and conducting a defiant campaign of civil disobedience, to parley on equal terms with the representative of the King-Emperor."
When the British invited Gandhi for peace talks in London, he saw no particular reason to change his normal down-to-earth attire – loin clothes below his waist, which was quite similar to the normal dress of millions of his fellow countrymen. Not only had Gandhi refused to wear the formal western dress to meet the Emperor of British empire or any other higher-ups, but also refused to stay in expensive hotels. Gandhi met with Lord Irvin with the advantage of having won a moral victory back in India - his successful salt march to Dandi, Gujarat (Gandhi broke the salt laws at 6:30 am on 6 April 1930) against the salt tax imposed by the British and the ensuing civil disobedience movements.
|Churchill on Gandhi.izquotes.com|
"Gandhi-ism and all it stands for will, sooner or later, have to be grappled with and finally crushed." Winston Churchill loathed Gandhi, whereas Gandhi loathed none.
When Gandhi went on fast in 1943, Churchill hoped that he would starve to death. Winston Churchill and Mahatma Gandhi were political enemies. Churchill favored letting Gandhi die if he went on a hunger strike, and during the Bengal famine of 1943 Churchill, then the Prime Minister of Great Britain, responded to urgent requests to divert food supplies to India with a telegram asking, if food was
so scarce, "why Gandhi hadn't died yet". (en.wikipedia.org). As the Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen has pointed out up to 3 million people starved to death because of negligence on the part of the British officials. Instead of being sympathetic, Winston Churchill, ignoring his colleagues' advice to save the dying Indians by dispatching rice and other grains on time, bluntly refused. He irrationally remarked that it was their own fault for "breeding like rabbits". At other times, he said the plague was "merrily" culling the population.
|Gandhi with British people in London.www.religiousleftlaw.com|
'He is such a semi-religious figure that his death in our hands would be a great blow and embarrassment to us.' Sir Stafford Cripps, Minister for Aircraft Production.
When Gandhi had been in jail in India for sometime with his health showing deterioration, many politicians in England favored Gandhi's release from Indian jail as it would be difficult to deal with grave political situation arising out of his possible death, Churchill unmoved as he was before, had said he would prefer to keep Gandhi locked up and let him do "as he likes". However, he added: "But if you are going to let him out because he strikes, then let him out now." The Viceroy of then British-run India, Lord Linlithgow went one step forward. He said he was "strongly in favour of letting Gandhi starve to death".
Gandhi was eventually released in 1944 because of fears his failing health meant he could die in British custody.
Soon after release in 1944, Gandhi had begun correspondence with the Viceroy of India about a timetable for a possible British withdrawal; Churchill thought "the Viceroy had no business to correspond with a traitor who ought to be put back in prison"
Winston Churchill's dislike of India and Indians is indeed a serious blot on his reputation. As far as Indians are concerned, he still remains a despicable character, lacking humility with very poor spiritual orientation.
Gandhi was assassinated on 30 January, 1948, aged 78, after Indian independence.
The full papers are on display at the National Archives in Kew, south-west London.
"A set of Winston Churchill’s upper dentures (Is it not crazy?) sold at auction at the Keys’ Salerooms in Aylsham, Norfolk, today for £15,200 ($23,741)." The pre-sale estimate was £5,000, but since this set was one of a few custom made for the prime minister whose dentures were an integral component of some of the greatest speeches of all time, a British collector of Churchilliana bought them for 3 times the estimate. (This same collector owns the microphone Churchill used to announce the end of the war in Europe in 1945)." Paradoxically the WWII was ended by the Americans and Russians and not by the British. So, what justification did Churchill have to announce the end of WWII? Does it make any sense?
Many people in the international community may not be aware of the fact, that the massive Indian Army was part of the British force and thousand of valiant Indian soldiers lost their lives in the long-drawn battle and these unsung heroes lie buried in the war graves.