The following is the exact text of ex Supreme Court Justice, Markandey Katju:
Gandhi—A British Agent
This post is bound to draw a lot of flak at me, but that does not matter as I am not a popularity seeker I have often said things knowing that initially that will make me very unpopular, and I will be vilified and denounced by many. Nevertheless I say such things.as I believe they must be said in my country’s interest.
I submit that Gandhi was objectively a British agent who did great harm to India.
These are my reasons for saying this :
1. India has tremendous diversity, so many religions, castes, races, languages, etc ( see my article ‘ What is India ?’ on my blog justicekatju.blogspot.in ). Realizing this the British policy was of divide and rule ( see online ‘ History in the Service of Imperialism ‘ , which is a speech delivered by Prof. B.N. Pande in the Rajya Sabha ).
By constantly injecting religion into politics continuously for several decades, Gandhi furthered the British policy of divide and rule.
If we read Gandhi’s public speeches and writings ( e.g. in his newspapers ‘Young India’, ‘ Harijan ‘, etc ) we find that ever since Gandhi came to India from South Africa in 1915 or so till his death in 1948, in almost every speech or article he would emphasize Hindu religious ideas e.g. Ramrajya, Go Raksha ( cow protection ), brahmacharya ( celibacy ), varnashram dharma ( caste system ), etc ( see Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi ).
Thus Gandhi wrote in ‘ Young India ‘ on 10.6.1921 ” I am a Sanatani Hindu. I believe in the varnashram dharma. I believe in protection of the cow “. In his public meetings the Hindu bhajan ‘ Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram ‘ would be loudly sung.
Now Indians are a religious people, and they were even more religious in the first half of the 20th century. A sadhu or swamiji may preach such ideas to his followers in his ashram, but when they are preached day in and day out by a political leader, what effect will these speeches and writings have on an orthodox Muslim mind ? It would surely drive him towards a Muslim organization like the Muslim League, and so it did. Was this not serving the British policy of divide and rule ? By constantly injecting religion into politics for several decades, was Gandhi not objectively acting as a British agent ?
2. In India a revolutionary movement against British rule had started in the early 20th century under the Anushilan Samiti, Jugantar, and revolutionaries like Surya Sen, RamprasadBismil ( who wrote the song ‘ Sarfaroshi ki tamanna ab hamare dil mein hai ), Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqulla, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, etc ( who were all hanged by the British ). Gandhi successfully diverted attention of the freedom struggle from this revolutionary direction to a harmless nonsensical channel called Satyagrah. This also served British interests.
3. Gandhi’s economic ideas were thoroughly reactionary. He advocated self sufficient village communities, though everybody knows that these communities were totally casteist and in the grip of landlords and money lenders..Gandhi was against industrialization, and preached handspinning by charkha and other such reactionary nonsense. Similarly, his ‘ trusteeship ‘ theory was all nonsense, and an act of deceiving the people
Some people praise Gandhi’s bravery in going to Noakhali, etc to douse the communal violence at the time of Partition. But the question is why did he help setting the house on fire in the first place by preaching religious ideas in public political meetings for several decades, which were bound to divide the Indian people on religious lines? First you set the house on fire, and then you do the drama of trying to douse the flames.
Mahatma Gandhi felt it was not in the larger interests of the country for him to make it a condition to ask for commutation of Bhagat Singh’s death penalty. In Gandhi’s own writing he has stated that to hang Bhagat Singh sooner and before the Congress delegation session in Karachi.
Below are the official quotes from Gandhi’s own writing:
In that connection, Gandhi himself wrote in his Young India, “I might have made the commutation a term of the settlement. It could not be so made. The Working Committee had agreed with me in not making the commutation a condition precedent to truce. I could, therefore, only mention it. “It shows that if the Mahatma Gandhi had wished, he could have insisted and got their commutation agreed to. But a leader who could go to the extent of stating to the Viceroy, that “ if the boys should be hanged, they had better be hanged before the Congress (Karachi) Session, than after it”, could hardly be expected to secure the commutation of the death sentences of Bhagat Singh and his comrades. It will not be out of place to mention here that Mahatma Gandhi even refused to co-operate with the prominent leaders in the matter of raising a memorial to the three after their execution. On being approached by the All India Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukhdev Memorial Committee, Lahore to assist in raising a memorial to those three national heros, he replied to the General Secretary of the Committee,:
Source: “History of the National Congress”
On March 23, 1931 Bhagat Singh was hanged in Lahore with Rajguru and Sukhdev. His supporters, who had been protesting against the hanging, immediately declared him as a shaheed or martyr. Singh was cremated at Hussainiwala on banks of Sutlej river. Today, the Bhagat Singh Memorial commemorates freedom fighters of India.
Below is the exact statement issued by ex Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju on Mahatma Gandhi.
Recently, Justice Katju has issued a number of statements stating Gandhi caused a lot of damage to India and called him a British Agent.
I call Gandhi as a ‘ Chaalak Paakhandi ‘ ( A cunning hypocrite ).
He is the root cause of most of the evils in public life in India today.
When such a fake and fraud, who furthered the British policy of divide and rule by constantly injecting religion into politics by speaking publicly for decades of Hindu religious ideas e.g.Ramrajya, go-raksha ( cow protection ), varnashram dharma ( caste system ), brahmachjarya ( celibacy ), etc which were bound to drive Muslims towards the Muslim League and India towards Partition, and who effectively diverted the freedom struggle from the revolutionary direction towards which Bhagat Singh, Surya Sen ( Masterda ), Chandrashekhar Azad, Ashfaqulla, Rajguru, Ram Prasas Bismil, Khudiram Bose and others were taking it to, towards harmless nonsensical channels like satyagrah, and who preached reactionary economic ideas like handspinning by charkha and the deceptive idea of trusteeship, was designated as ‘The Father of the Nation’ soon after Independence in 1947, then the present pathetic state and low level of Indian public life became inevitable.
Unless we strip the mask from the face of this cunning fraud, and expose him as a feudal minded hypocrite serving British interests, no improvement is possible.