Talk:Mahatma Gandhi

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Anti-Black Racism[edit]

References to Gandhi's antiblack racism and sources have been hogwashed by Gandhi propagandists. I propose to add Gandhi's well-documented evidence of segregation of Indian from Blacks at Durban Post Office and his war campaign against Blacks during Boer war.

Andrew Roberts, Wall Street Journal [1]

Irene Monroe, Huffington Post [2]

Spandaze (talk) 01:27, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

..This artice reads like an advertisement. From the mis-representation of Gandhi's views on the Indian labourers in South Africa, through the total avoidance of Gandhi's views about being classed in South Africa with the black Africans and the terms he uses to describe black Africans, to the misleading presentation of "forced the government to adopt an equitable arrangement (Poona Pact)" in his efforts to continue the oppression of the untouchables, it's a biased, POV riddled whitewash. Please add as much RS material as you can find to present a NPOV on the topic. (talk) 10:37, 12 December 2014 (UTC)


Moral absolutism. the same has been said of Martin Luther King, that since he felt his wife and women should take a back seat role he isn't a hero anymore. Frankly if a bad man says a good thing should it be disregarded? if a good man says a bad thing should that be disregarded? The end result is the same, No human being including any of us are free of actions or thoughts that others find repugnant, the general tone of the author could do better to reflect the negatives. But the end result is the same, Whether or not Gandhi was a good man his ideas have been judged by society as valuable or idealistic to a sense that can be followed. To this end moral absolutism would not suite this article, good or bad, pretending that some of his views override the rest simply suggest bias. Do you values his good qualities so much that you overlook his bad ones? do you overlook his good qualities because you hate him for some values? both would be a mistake in my view, negatives and positives of Gandhi should both be included — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:35, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Very Strongly Agree These concerns need to be addressed. Hagiography? Tom Haws (talk) 18:07, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

formatting error[edit]

Indentation error after the Einstein quotation. Article's semi-protected status means anonymous users can't make the correction.

Semi-protected edit request on 5 January 2015[edit]

Please put great-grandad of Akash Gandhi in the page title... I am his great Grandson. Akash Kumar Gandhi! Akashg5501 (talk) 15:17, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Anupmehra -Let's talk! 15:59, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

8-D Funny joke. Tom Haws (talk) 18:01, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Not correct[edit]

QUOTE: Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. END of QUOTE

This is just Indian text book history. Gandhi was just a self-appointed leaders of the 'Indians', with not much popular support other than what he could garner through media manipulations. Even inside the Congress, he had not much support. The Film Gandhi is only a film and is not historically correct. In fact, 3 million soldiery from the subcontinent stood by the English, while Gandhi really had only much less support.In fact, most of the lower classes of the peninsula who improved under the English rule had nothing to do with a freedom struggle. Even Subash Chandrabose could garner only around 2000 soldiers to switch to his side from the captive native soldiers in the British-Indian army.

Care to look at this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:39, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

The so-called "this" is not a reliable source. Kautilya3 (talk) 08:13, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
the statement is widely made by scholars around the world--with little or no serious dissent by a reliable source. Rjensen (talk) 08:26, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Early life and background section[edit]

In recent weeks the Early life and background and background section has been considerably expanded from roughly 425 words a month back to roughly 1300 words at present (not counting the references etc). The new additions, by User:Aumnamahashiva, are well-written and well-sourced but IMO way undue, for example almost two paragraphs are devoted to the family history of the employers of Gandhi's father and grandfather! And, the added material covers only material from 14 pages of Guha's 688 page bio, which covers Gandhi only before his return to India from South Africa and the period of his life that he is best known for; so there is much much more from where this came from.
Any thoughts on whether this material should be retained or the section essentially reverted to the pre-expansion version? Also, is there any desire or precedent for creating an Early life and background of Mahatma Gandhi article? Abecedare (talk) 21:44, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

Early life and career of Abraham Lincoln. Good idea. Reading the material added I think it is relevant and Gandhi's early life is much studied so an article that covers Gandhi's early life and his career in South Africa is probably a good idea. --regentspark (comment) 01:26, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
Good find. Will wait for User:Aumnamahashiva to respond, and hoping that they volunteer to create the early life article. Abecedare (talk) 03:41, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
Yes; I would be interested in creating the article. Kindly give me a couple of days or so.Aumnamahashiva (talk) 04:44, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
Great! The early life section in this article can also then be shortened to better summarize the more detailed article and sources, per WP:SUMMARYSTYLE. No real rush on either matters though. Abecedare (talk) 17:15, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 18 May 2015[edit]

Please change all spellings of "nonco-operation" to "non-cooperation" for better consistency within this article and others, i.e. Non-cooperation movement. Erdavis7 (talk) 15:47, 18 May 2015 (UTC)

Done. Helpsome (talk) 16:03, 18 May 2015 (UTC)