High Time to Dump Gandhi

Appropriation and Peace – addendum

What everyone needs to know about Gandhi.

“Finally, the most damning anti-Dalit action of his life was his fast that led to the Poona Pact. Many in the West know this only as his fast to bring light to the plight of the “Untouchables”. This fast is the non-violence action that many cite in civil rights mythology as key to the image of Gandhi as an advocate for injustice and a success of the strategies for non-violence. It is even often misunderstood as a fast undertook directly in opposition to the British.
The truth of this episode is far from noble. This hunger strike was not designed to bring attention to the plight of the “Untouchables”, but rather was Gandhi’s attempt to diffuse and stop one of the strongest Dalit independence leaders Dr. Ambedkar, from ensuring Dalit autonomy within the newly formed Indian constitution.”

relates to my previous post and was news to me. It’s quite known that he was anti-black:

“This idea that Indians were better than native Africans pervades his writings on Apartheid where he writes consistently of the need to mentally and physically separate Indians from Indigenous Africans. Even more appalling, are his assertions of the indignities of being grouped with Africans by colonial entities. […]

Another telling example of his anti-blackness is where he makes the distinction that most Indians were not indigenous. This next quote reflects both his Anti-Black and anti-indigenous stance as he names specifically an Indian Adivasi/Indigenous tribe:
“The statute books describe the Indians as belonging to“the aboriginal or semi-barbarous race of Asia”, while as a matter of fact there is hardly one Indian in South Africa belonging to the aboriginal stock. The Santhals of Assam will be as useless in South Africa as the natives of that country. “
He argues against colonial attempts to equate Indians with indigenous Africans because in his view, indigenous peoples were “barbarous and useless”. […]
Finally, beyond these indefensible positions, Gandhi cheered on the British as they waged a war on the black Zulus. During the 1906 Bambatha Uprising […] They hung, shot, and severely flogged thousands of Zulus during this war leading to over four thousand Zulus being murdered during the rebellion. […] For assisting the war on Zulus in any way that he could, he was given the rank of Sgt. Major by the British Army.”

Reason #2 […]
“Harijan refers to the children who are the offspring of women who are bound to ritual sexual exploitation at Hindu Temples under the Indian system of ritual prostitution called the Devadasi system. They are called Harijan or Children of God so that the children’s paternity is not questioned. And it is this term that he attempted to foist on Dalits!

Needless to say this term is seen as an epithet and has been discarded by all except the staunch Gandhi followers and Hindu Fundamentalists.”

REASON #3: GANDHI WAS A MISOGYNIST AND A SEXUAL PREDATOR […]

“His celibacy did not preclude him using the women members of his ashrams in participating in his “experiments” with sexuality. These experiments were aimed at testing his vows of celibacy by putting himself in predatory closeness with women of all ages. This included sleeping, bathing, and receiving massages from them while they were naked. The women involved included young and old women in the Ashram as well as his own grand-niece! Gandhi wrote about one such incident with his grandniece Manu when he called for her to sleep with him during a time of intense Hindu- Muslim violence in Bengal. He writes, “We both may be killed by the Muslims,” he told her, “and must put our purity to the ultimate test, so that we know that we are offering the purest of sacrifices, and we should now both start sleeping naked.” “

Appropriation and peace

This is not about Indian farmers getting shot by police or commiting suicide but I write this to also honour these lives lost in media (and locally, social media) silence.

I know there has been a good explanation going around using idli in an example. Although it captures something so widespread and personal (such as food), I don’t think it captures a more serious aspect of appropriation. And both the objects or forms I have in mind are for all to consume or use. Let’s take one example that included so much erasure that you and I never knew where it was really from, although we know people who exemplify this and although the person whom we attribute it to himself admitted but we people don’t understand Hindi nor read/ know of this necessarily:

“As Gandhi acknowledges, he did not “invent” satyagraha. He learnt it from the people of India. As he writes in Hind Swaraj: “The fact is that, in India, the nation at large has generally used passive resistance in all departments of life. We cease to cooperate with our rulers when they displease us. This is passive resistance.” [Ironic bc he is one ruling caste when the Brits weren’t around and even when they were, internally. And in India, people mostly dislike Gandhi said a friend from one ruling/forward caste, it has nothing to do with his casteism. His truth came to the surface and Indians are more informed]

“Movements of non-cooperation started wherever the British tried to tax the lands of the peasant and the homes of the people. The 1810-11 house tax satyagraha in Varanasi is the best recorded. But similar non-cooperation movements took place in Patna, Bhagalpur and other cities. Having learnt from the people how India stayed democratic over centuries through the power of non-cooperation, Gandhi first used satyagraha in South Africa in 1906 to refuse to cooperate with the laws of the apartheid regime imposing compulsory registration on the basis of race.”

“2017 is the 100th anniversary of the indigo satyagraha in Champaran. It was based on the refusal to grow indigo. The peasants had repeatedly said: “We would rather die than grow indigo”.” Quoting Vandana Shiva.

Tribals, Dalits and Bahujan (landless farmers) came up with this form of protest out of powerlessness, the only other alternative being death. Throughout my life, because of the term ‘satyagraha’, I falsely thought the protests were to be attributed to Gandhi, it is what trickles into our textbooks and cultural texts. I see Euro-centric journalists today attributing non-violent protests to Gandhi, I literally saw a new article on a reputed site, stopped reading and wrote this. What I mentioned is its history in India but surely there is similar movements from everywhere, every indigenous culture and because Gandhi is a brand (that impressed MLK and Nelson Mandela), we ignore or remain ignorant to the various other names. Even wikipedia has some history, if not names:

470-391 BCE The Mohist philosophical school disapproved of war. However, since they lived in a time of warring polities, they cultivated the science of fortification.

Before 1835: The Moriori‘s lack of resources and small population made conventional war unsustainable, so it became customary to resolve disputes nonviolently or ritually. Due to this tradition of nonviolence, the entire population of 2000 people was enslaved, killed or cannibalized when 900 Māori invaded the island in 1835.

1834–38 Trinidad End of Slavery in Trinidad

Peaceful protests continued until the passing of a resolution to abolish apprenticeship and the achievement of de facto freedom.

1838: The Cherokee refused to recognize the fraudulent Treaty of New Echota and therefore did not sell their livestock or goods, and did not pack anything to travel to the west before the soldiers came and forcibly removed them. That ended tragically in the Cherokee trail of tears.

1879- 1881: The Māori village of Parihaka became the center of passive resistance campaigns against Europeans occupying confiscated land in the area. More than 400 followers of the prophet Te Whiti o Rongomai were arrested and jailed, most without trial. Sentences as long as 16 months were handed out for the acts of ploughing land and erecting fences on their property. More than 2000 inhabitants remained seated when 1600 armed soldiers raided and destroyed the village.

The bits on India are misleading and inaccurate. Folks pay attention to tables more than what was said in big paragraphs, so… And if it matches with what textbooks and news sources say, one may even think the first part is wrong, this is wikipedia. Students are lazy and don’t know about hackathons by movements.

And yes, currently, farmers in India and their families are starving and are once again left with no alternative to peaceful protests (no one cares about) or suicide.

Bequie and Beckier – with a flashback

When one is brown in my country and disabled like me, one may not see a white man in flesh. I haven’t in 4 years, and I know no cis het Mauritian ones online. Rather than of Sasha (Chad) and Becker (beckier than Becky), I’ll talk about species in my environment: Bequie, Berianne, Doug, Don, Dona, Donalde, Harry, Tahir, Kitty, Dick, and John Lewis (miles away but even Black USian men love to find exotic spaces where they can help control or gaslight others). I forgot to name him years ago and my screenshots were going to waste, I had linked to them somewhere but it got taken down on social media.

Variations of Becky: Bequie is vegan[?] Bequie supports patriarchy and violence on WOC 101% and loves equestrian sports. Berriane is actually part-French, wasn’t raised here, was nicer than Mauritian Békis, wait I know no Békis, none has ever spoken to me in over 3 decades that I can speak 😀 and I wasn’t disabled for 2 of those. Berriane moved here and instantly learned the local ways and no longer speaks to [people of colour?]. It’s neo-apartheid here, unless they get out of resorts or gated bungalows for the sake of street animals, for employment or for business. Friendship is not profitable. Someone brown indicated to me that blood relations aren’t either.

Is it unfair to my Chinese friends-turned-acquaintances to file them under Doug? It’s fair to Don, who learns about one through traitors, to stab one in the back. He pretends he was helping you, shouts out loud the details of your disability (a private matter) but stabs you while diverting the crowd’s attention. Then he sends many long-ass PMs that one will never read. And Sancha on your list never gave a hint of being his wife!

Dona (aka Shrub, who is named Don irl, but let’s not confuse readers) is like Bequie except Bequie has power and Dona, idk. Is that why women like Donalde shun women like Dona if they do not get married within the Chinese community? It has been that way, remains applicable (if one didn’t marry a white man or extremely rich one). On the surface, Donalde seems progressive, successful and nice but Donalde is, in fact, a nazi. Do Tiger mom-fails become nazis? idk but acts nazi, yells at nice people, yells at disabled people and threatens them instead of bragging/stomping. Wait, she brags to someone who needs a wheelchair that her older parent needs neither chair nor cane. Ok o_0

Donalde hardly has any regard for anyone and wants disabled people dead if they look ugly (am I ugly? :/). She raises sons like Doug, who has no regard for anyone, all money and zero consideration. For people, animals, birbs and insects. I may be using the worst example (and I mean to generalise for the elite capitalists) but Don was a pathetic example of that (he is very ableist) and many Chinese friends outgrew our friendships or got too ableist. Aside from Don, no one has a business, but they inherited a lot of capital from their parents’ business. I can’t be bothered if it’s a vegan business. I still have non-ableist Chinese friends but they have no Chinese relis left among friends due to unspoken prejudices. Similarly, I hardly have relatives as friends myself, due to ableism. This is a small island, bear in mind.

Back to vegans, I can’t stand Tahir who has been sexist etc., took the time to insult me viciously in PM but one of my rare vegan friends takes so much pity on him (he’s probably vegan) that we can get into arguments over my can’t-standing Tahir.  Tahir isn’t easy to block – every so often, he pops up with a new fb profile. He probably shows a new side of him to new people he meets? He seemed to have changed religion/sympathies, but on his new profile, he has posts making fun of Christianity (I’m overeading?).

Dick (name abbreviation) was a comparable virulent sexist, but with a fixed persona. Catty kitten was smitten with him and was a dickhead herself – one doesn’t get so smitten as to make threats. Dick doesn’t feature below, only vegans do. Moving on to Harry Pillay and John (Harry later deleted my comments repeatedly and I went from admin to banned overnight, secretly, without a word from any admin or commenter):

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