“I venture to point out that both the English and the Indians spring from a common stock, called the Indo-Aryan." - Gandhi
A new book portrays Gandhi as a racist and an unashamed flag-bearer for the British Empire. Authored by two prominent South African academics of Indian origin, Ashwin Desai, Professor of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg, and Goolam Vahed, Associate Professor of History at the University of KwaZulu Natal.
‘The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire’ casts him as a white supremacist who spewed hatred against native Africans during his time as a lawyer in South Africa between 1893 and 1914.
It comes with an endorsement from author Arundhati Roy, who has called him a defender of the caste system and an upholder of oppressive gender relations. She has hailed the book as a “serious challenge to the way we have been taught to think about Gandhi’’