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Re-Evaluating Gandhi: How he delayed Independence and mainstreamed radical Islam

by   Susmit Kumar (Author)  
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Sold By:   Garuda Prakashan

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M. K. Gandhi has been long revered as India’s “father of the nation” and considered a great freedom fighter who led India to independence.

This book, a scholarly re-evaluation of Gandhi, questions the standard narrative that has been built around Gandhi. Contrary to the standard narrative, we find that Gandhi actively looked out for British interests, and that his actions led to the suppression of revolutionary movements for freedom, and likely delayed Indian independence considerably.

Another overlooked aspect that the author brings out is Gandhi’s support and platforming of the radical Islamist movement that was fighting for the restoration of the Islamic Caliphate in Turkey. This mainstreamed fringe and radical Muslim elements over secular leadership, ultimately leading to the Partition of India.

Based on documents retrieved from British archives and made public for the first time, the author shows that though a British collaborator, Gandhi reluctantly started the Quit India Movement because he thought that Japan and Germany could win the war and liberate India; and he wanted to be on the winning side of history.

The book also shows Gandhi’s dictatorial tendencies, how he repeatedly subverted the democratic processes within the Congress party by appointing his favorites, including processes in the selection of India’s first prime minister.

Re-evaluating Gandhi: How He Delayed Independence and Precipitated the Partition of India goes back to archival records to tell a story of India’s independence in which Subhash Chandra Bose and the threat of mutiny in the Indian armed forces are the causes of India’s independence, not the actions of Gandhi, which were often opposed to these aims.

More Information

ISBN 13 9798885750684
Book Language English
Binding Hardcover
Total Pages 512
Release Year 2023
Publishers Garuda Prakashan  
Category Politics   History   Offers  
Weight 900.00 g
Dimension 15.24 x 22.86 x 3.07

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1. Pre-East India Company India

2. Plunder and Destruction of India by Britain

3. 1857 First War of Independence

4. Foundation of Indian National Congress in 1885

5. The 1907 Division of Congress into Extremists and Moderates

Part II

6. The South African Gandhi – Stretcher-Bearer of Empire

7. Gandhi’s Hind Swaraj - A Throwback to Medieval System

8. 1916-18 Home Rule League Movements and World War I

9. Gandhi: Considered as a Saint by Masses to Lead Them to Freedom

10. 1919 Gandhi’s Hartal, Jallianwala Bagh Massacre and His Reaction

Part III

11. All Top Congress Leaders Including Jinnah Against Khilafat

and Gandhi’s Non-Cooperation Movement

12. Gandhi “Used” the Khilafat Movement (Radical Muslims) to Capture Congress Party and Became Its Dictator by Changing Its Constitution

13. The 1920 Non-Cooperation Movement and Swaraj in One Year A Failure

14. Gandhi Collected Crores of Rupees by Claiming He Would Get Swaraj in One Year in 1921

15. Gandhi, Khilafat Movement and 1921 Malabar Riots

Part IV

16. Revolt by Senior Congress Leaders and Foundation of Swaraj Party in 1923

17. Sanyas From Politics After Non-Cooperation Movement Failure – But Still Congress Party Dictator

18. No Clear Idea How to Achieve Ultimate Goal, i.e. Independence

19. Gandhi Adoption of Khilafat Movement and Exponential Rise in Communal Riots

20. Returning to Active Politics in the Late 1920s

21. In 1929 Gandhi “Adopted” Jawaharlal Nehru to Stop Himself Being Sidelined In Congress by Left-Wingers

22. 1930 Civil Dis-obedience Movement and Round Table Conferences

23. Khilafat Movement Led to Militant Islam and Finally to the Partition of India

24. Again Out of Active Politics During Mid-1930s, but Still Congress’ Dictator

Part V

25. 1938-39 Bose Congress Presidency

26. Reasons for the World War II

27. At the Onset of 1939 Start of WWII Against Any Movement

- Gandhi Decided

28. Gandhi’s Congress-Led Sham Individual

Satyagraha in 1940

29. The Reason Behind the 1942 Quit India Movement – Only When INA & Japan Started to Knock at the Door of India

30. 1942 Quit India Movement–Suppressed within Few Months

31. Jayaprakash Narayan’s Thoughts on Gandhi and the 1942 Quit India Movement

32. Subhas Chandra Bose, Azad Hind Government and Indian National Army (INA)

33. INA Trial at Red Fort in Delhi and Ensuing Violent Protest in Country

34. October 9, 1945 Viceroy Wavell Letter to Secretary of State for India Lord Pethick-Lawrence

35. October 25, 1945 Central Provinces and Berar Governor Sir H Twynam Letter to Viceroy Wavell

36. Threat of Large-Scale Violence, Using INA, by Nehru and Patel Against Gandhi Wishes

37. November 6, 1945 Viceroy Wavell Letter to Secretary of State for India Lord Pethick- Lawrence

38. Document presented to the British Cabinet on December 1, 1945 by the Commander-in-Chief on the Situation of India Part VI

39. INA, Threat of Indian Army Mutiny and Large-Scale Violent Uprising

40. General Auchinleck’s 12 February 1946 Letter to Indian

Army Commanders After the Red Fort INA Trial Verdict

41. 1946 Naval Mutiny

42. Part of Nehru’s Speech March 2, 1946 at Jhansi Published in

The Statesman, New Delhi

43. Indianization of ICS, Financial Factor, US Pressure and

Labor Party Victory in 1945 British Election

44. 1949 Public Image of Subhas Chandra Bose in India, Seen by An US Visitor, Future US Senator 45. Gandhi’s Un-Democratic Acts and Their Consequences

46. Without Subhas Chandra Bose, India Would Not Have Had Independence till Gandhi Would Have Been Alive

47. With Gandhi Sidelined, India Might Have Had Independence in 1930s

48. Public Image of the Indian National Army in the Immediate Aftermath of World War II






Pre-East India Company India

It is is generally assumed that Indian civilization and prosperity attained its flood-mark [high-water mark] during the period which intervenes between the invasion of Alexander (327 B.C.) and that of Mahmud of Ghazni (1000 A.D.). When Mahmud invaded India, the country was overflowing with wealth. Writers, both Hindu and Mussulman, unite in bearing testimony to the state of prosperity in which India was found at the time of the first Mohammedan conquest. They dwell with admiration on the extent and magnificence of the capital of the Kingdom of Canauj, and of the inexhaustible riches of the Temple of Somnath. The wealth that Mahmud carried away from India was insignificant compared to what remained there. His raids were confined chiefly to the northwestern provinces; only for two brief periods did he penetrate into the Doab between Ganga and Jamna, and only once in Gujrat, Kattiawar. The whole of Central India, which had for so long remained the centre of great political activities under the Nandas, the Maurya’s and the Gupta’s; the whole of Eastern India, covering the rich and fertile tracts which comprise the modern provinces of Bengal and Assam; the whole of the south had remained untouched.93