Gandhi, a Revolutionary? Try again.

Gandhi, a Revolutionary? Try again.

By Comrade Gabi

Today marks the anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas Gandhi.

Praised as a peaceful revolutionary who non violently fought against British Imperialism by the colonial education system, colonized people have been taught to look at Gandhi as an example of a “proper” way to struggle against colonialism and capitalism.

But the truth is, Gandhi was far from a revolutionary. Time and time again, he went against the African and Colonized working class by siding with the British and making demeaning compromises in the name of “non-violence.” He viewed Africans as less and regularly sought to bring them down as a way to uplift Indians in the eyes of the British Empire.

Gandhi with Lord Pethick Lawrence, British Secretary of State of India

In an open letter to the Natal Parliament, Gandhi is quoted saying, “I venture to point out that both the English and the Indians spring from a common stock, called the Indo-Aryan. … A general belief seems to prevail in the Colony that the Indians are little better, if at all, than savages or the Natives of Africa. Even the children are taught to believe in that manner, with the result that the Indian is being dragged down to the position of a raw Kaffir.”

He regularly damaged Indian working-class revolutionaries’ momentum by preaching a reactionary, unproductive form of non-violence to squash rebellions. He sowed divisionism amongst African and Indian working-class people. His record is filled with countless attempts at gaining favor in the colonizer’s eyes to raise his position. Despite that, he still faced heavy discrimination from the British, who obviously viewed him as inferior. The truth is, Gandhi was a pathetic sellout whose legacy is used to squash the revolutionary spirit of the colonized.

Instead of looking at him as an example, let us look to him as a lesson on sellout behavior. Gandhi is not a revolutionary; he is a counter-revolutionary. And his legacy should be a lesson as to why attempting to woo the colonizer will never earn you the true respect of your people or the “respect” of the colonizer. They will use you for their benefit, then murder you when they’re done.

Mohandas Gandhi (center) sits with co-workers at his Johannesburg law office in 1902.

In Black Hammer Organization, we believe every problem faced by the colonized masses is due to colonialism. This includes the contradiction of being betrayed by colonized sellouts to appeal to the likings of colonizers. Gandhi’s divisionism goes against our second principle of unity that states the equality of all colonized people, regardless of ethnic background, skin color, sexuality, physical or mental capabilities, or anything else colonialism uses to divide us. Gandhi was a sellout, and by siding with colonizers, he betrayed his people and all colonized people. 

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