By Kyle | March 31, 2011
The great soul gets ripped apart in a bouncy bit of attack journalism from historian Andrew Roberts, who continues to grow more delightful. Roberts, in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal, points out Gandhi had a gay lover (and also made his nubile teen great-niece sleep naked beside him).
Gandhi was a racist and a fool (he advised the Jews to take a nonviolent stance toward Hitler, whom he addressed in a letter as “my friend”). That Gandhi set back India rather than advancing its interests by starting up half a century of autarky that ensured vast poverty is obvious; moreover, he opposed absolutely all birth control except abstinence. Before his switcheroo on the Untouchables, he treated members of the caste as subhuman and compared them to cows, even going so far as to stage a hunger strike (his first) to oppose Untouchables gaining seats in Parliament, justifying this on “religious, not political” grounds. He supported Muslim caliphate 2.0, though merely for cynical political reasons. He was also a religious freak who reasoned, not illogically, that if a blissful afterlife exists, people must be better off dead, so it was desirable that people be slaughtered in service of a greater cause. What a horrible man.