Talk:Mahatma Gandhi

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

Semi-protected edit request on 26 August 2015[edit]

Was Gandhi in the Bania caste or the Vaishya caste???[edit]

This article appears to have two conflicting statements. At the top, it says he was born into the Baniya caste. I can corroborate this information with:

But then under the section on Untouchables, the article says

"Gandhi, although born into the Vaishya caste, insisted that he was able to speak on behalf of Dalits, despite the presence of Dalit activists such as Ambedkar."

This is attributed to this source:

But, short of buying the book there is no way for me to know if page 354 really does say that he was born into the Vaishya caste or not.

If it does, then there appears to be a disagreement about which caste he was born into. Perhaps the confusion comes from this quote from David Arnold's book:

"Bania merchants and moneylenders were conventionally far removed from Kshatriya warriors in the Hindu tradition… but there were times… when Gandhi thought of himself as a kind of non-violent Kshatriya and exhorted other Indians to find in the example of the Kshatriyas the physical courage and defiant spirit to confront the British."

This is a serious error that needs to be fixed, but I'm new here so I'll leave it to the more experienced editors.

Soundlessw (talk) 15:31, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

Banias generally belong to the Vaishya varna. So there is no contradiction. Perhaps changing "the Vaishya caste" to "a Vaishya caste" would be enough. - Kautilya3 (talk) 16:41, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

agree with kautilya . bania is sub caste under vaishya . — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rakesh.pawar27 (talkcontribs) 19:56, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

New book[edit]

The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire by Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed, 2015, Stanford University Press Jodi.a.schneider (talk) 21:19, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 14 November 2015[edit]

Within the section titled "Civil rights activist in South Africa (1893–1914)" there is an historically inaccurate and gross generalization about the entire Indian populace of South Africa at that time being led by "wealthy Muslims!" This truly silly statement is either misquoted or taken out of context from other sources because there is absolutely NO factual basis for such statement which flies in the face of the proud histories of the many non-Muslim Indians in South Africa from that era.

It is possible that this statement may be applied to certain Indian communities in Pretoria or the Cape Province, HOWEVER this was COMPLETELY untrue for the province of Natal, on the Indian ocean side of South Africa, with its largely HINDU, TAMIL, GUJARATI, AND CHRISTIAN communities. These communities were most certainly never led by Muslims especially in light of the historical conflict between Muslims and Indians on the Indian sub-continent and the aggression on both sides.

This gross generalization gives the unknowing reader the impression that these non-Muslim, Indian (Christian, Hindu, Tamil, Gujarat etc) communities could not lead themselves, depended on Muslim businessmen not even related to their communities, and is injurious to the history and distinguished reputations and legacies of the leaders and heroes who led the non-Muslim, Indian communities in the province of Natal.

Furthermore, it is a disambiguation in South Africa to call a Muslim and Indian, when most say that they prefer to be called Arab, Pakistani or otherwise. Wiki-gizmogurrl (talk) 07:13, 14 November 2015 (UTC)

OK, I fixed it. Rjensen (talk) 07:43, 14 November 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 22 November 2015[edit]

Please correct the following sentence under the heading Civil rights activist in South Africa (1893–1914):

the "by" is not correct imho:

(...) Indians in South Africa included wealthy Muslims, who employed Gandhi as a lawyer, and by impoverished Hindu indentured labourers with very limited rights. '

should be:

Indians in South Africa included wealthy Muslims, who employed Gandhi as a lawyer, and impoverished Hindu indentured labourers with very limited rights. R4nd0m1zek (talk) 15:24, 22 November 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thanks. - Kautilya3 (talk) 16:08, 22 November 2015 (UTC)