Friday, June 13, 2014


When Hindu refugees in Delhi occupied mosques, some Muslim leaders approached Gandhi to seek help in evicting the Hindus. This made him begin a fast and the situation was resolved in the favor of the Muslims. However, when Hindus living in Pakistan suffered violent attacks at the hands of the Muslims, Gandhi did not utter a single word in protest or try to censure the Pakistani government or the concerned Muslims, by way of a fast. This is because Gandhi was well aware that, ...if he went on a fast under the above circumstances, impose some condition for his breaking the same, he would eventually die in the process and no Muslim would ever shed any tears. This was exactly why he deliberately shied away from imposing any conditions on the Muslims. He had learned from experience that, Jinnah would neither be perturbed nor influenced by his fast and his Muslim League would scarcely attach any importance to the same.
Gandhi with his immense popularity among Muslims and the reverence he received from Hindus, could have been an effective mediator between them. Instead, he chose the easy way out. Events indicate that he was quite unmoved by the tribulations of the Hindus, while ready to shed tears for Muslims. May be that was why Khlifa Haji Mehmud of Lurwani, Sind, a devout Muslim once accorded Gandhi the ultimate accolade that any Muslim can give a person, in these words: “Gandhi

was really a Mohammedan” (D Keer, 1980).

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