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What do you like about Gandhi?

Discussion in 'Historical Debates' started by Don Penguinoini, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. Don Penguinoini

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    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, what do you like about him. I admire he made the largest empire in the world leave, withought killing anyone.

    Whaddya think:areyoucra
     
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  2. Terrywoodenpic

    Terrywoodenpic Oldest Heretic

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    He did a good Job
    He killed no one
    But thousands died as did he as the result of the following conflict.
     
  3. Don Penguinoini

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    I think it would be easier to kill them. A bit sad, but rebellion means fighting. But gandhi still did an amzaing thing.
     
  4. Hema

    Hema Sweet n Spicy

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    His practice of Ahimsa and his open-ness to other religions whilst being firm to his own faith.
     
  5. doppelganger

    doppelganger Through the Looking Glass

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    He was far from perfect, but his courageous dedication to non-violence as a means of change and his ability to crossover to others' perspectives and learn from the point of view of other people are two traits that I admire.
     
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    Like his effort, he tried hard enough for what he believed in
     
  7. Joe_Stocks

    Joe_Stocks Back from the Dead

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    I think Gandhi was a little overrated.

    I think his entire legacy was a product of British ideals.

    I don't think he would have lasted very long in Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia. And if he lived in those places no one would have heard of him (he would have been killed right away).
     
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    Is that what you like best about him?

    I liked his sandals.
     
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  9. PureX

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    He was able to see the good in his nations' oppressors, and trust in that goodness with his very life. I think that's astonishing!
     
  10. cardero

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    What do you like about Gandhi?
    Gandhi's notorious weakness for "experimenting with young women" -- especially in developing his ability to conquer sexual feelings.
     
  11. Booko

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    Ghandi's effect was seen here in the U.S. very strongly as well. Dr. King did not miss the effectiveness of Ghandi's methods, and it was those same methods that made such a change in racism in this country back in the 60s.

    We have such a long way to go still to get to that colorblind society Dr. King dreamed of, but if it were not for Ghandi, I don't think we would have gotten as far as we have.
     
  12. Booko

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    Ghandi said as much, you know.
     
  13. Panda

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    He was an amazing man. Dedicated to what he believed in and also stood firm in his beliefs. He was one of those people that got everyone else to take notice of a problem and to address it.
     
  14. yossarian22

    yossarian22 Resident Schizophrenic

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    I think Ghandi hosed India over in 2 ways. 1: a massive bloody revolution would have been faster, and the same number of people would have died. 2 If Britain hadn't left, India's infrastructure probably wouldn't be in shambles.

    I do like his policies in South Africa, which can be summed up as "We are Indians, not blacks. We hate blacks too! Lets join together and opress them."
    Realpolitik at its finest
     
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  15. K.Venugopal

    K.Venugopal Immobile Wanderer

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    Gandhi's idealism of non-violence was revolutionary. It would have marked a transformation in mankind's approach to its problems had it not failed in India. Gandhi's non-violent ship floundered against the rock of Islamic exclusiveness. If Gandhi had been successful in taking the Muslims alongwith him, partition of India would not have occurred and millions would not have perished, making a mockery of non-violence.

    There appears to be a parallel in-the-making in today’s world as the liberal world talks of democracy and secularism and Islam once again stands as a bulwark against it.
     
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    I appreciate that Ghandi brought promience to the concept of peaceful opposition to ideas, which was a role model for many future events, particularly African-American rights.
     
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    I disagree, penguino. Rebellion does not mean fighting. I believe Satyagraha and Ahimsa trump violence. They are difficult, though, because they require a rare degree of self-control, altruism and moral development.

    Violence is exciting. It appeals to the youth that man political rebellions. Violence is pychologically satisfying. But history has demonstrated that the human cost of violence is overwhelmingly negative.

    Satyagraha got the British out of India, It launched the civil rights era in the US. If it had been applied in the Middle East, Arabs and Jews would now be sitting peacefully 'neath their vines and fig trees.
     
  18. BucephalusBB

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    What do you like about Gandhi?

    Nothing.. But I don't dislike anything about him either..
     
  19. angellous_evangellous

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    Ghandi rocks my socks!!!!

    Yeah!
     
  20. damaq

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    What do you like about Gandhi? - he is the Father of India

    Firstly i am proud to be an Indian like Ghandi. i am also proud that Ghandi managed to achieve the independance of India without any fighting. however i am disappointed with the formation of Pakistan and believe that this should never have happened and i am also disappointed with the British for tearing this beautiful country apart.
    did you know that over 1000000 people died in the movement of muslims to Pakistan and Hindu's etc to India. that is a ridiculous amount of lives which should never have been taken. i hope and pray that one day India will be back as one and how it should be.
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