Westerners take great masochistic joy in endlessly quoting his response to the question “what do you think of Western Civilization”, to which he replied along the lines of “if I ever see it I’ll let you know”.
Such masochists are far less likely to propagate other quotations of his though. And this isn't surprising when they show that this saint was a rabid racist. Now it must be remembered, before we’re too hard on the man, that this was well before the time that racism became the cause du jour, which was sex in thise Victorian times (when even pianos had to have their legs chastely covered lest they frighten the horses).
So it is with great joy I bring you a selection of St. Gandhi’s ruminations on matters racial. These are taken either from his Collected Works, or from the archives of the Indian Opinion which he founded and edited during his time in South Africa.
"Ours is one continued struggle against degradation sought to be inflicted upon us by the European, who desire to degrade us to the level of the raw Kaffir, whose occupation is hunting and whose sole ambition is to collect a certain number of cattle to buy a wife with, and then pass his life in indolence and nakedness."
"The Natives in our hands proved to be most unreliable and obstinate, and they seemed to bestow no care on their suffering countryman." [They still don't, Mahatma]
But PC has completely gone over the top, to the extent that all sensible discussion on race has been foreclosed. This has lead, and leads to, muddled thinking and lousy political and social decisions - decisions that are having, and will continue to have, disastrous impact on millions of lives.
Gandhi called it as he saw it at the time – and as it was at the time. Clearly, had he been alive in 1993 he’d have recoiled at the prospect of giving blacks control of his South Africa. And he’d have been right, as we can now see.