untouchables and gandhi

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untouchables and gandhi

By | October 2013
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Sarah  Bosworth
Peace  and  Justice
October/1/2013
I've  not  only  been  intrigued  by  the  untouchables,  but  India's  entire  cast  system;;  it  has always  baffled  me  how  people  could  refuse  to  interact  with  someone  based  on  their  social status.  Thankfully,  there  was  a  man  powerful  and  influential  enough  to  persuade  the thoughts  of  many  and  change  how  Indians  viewed  these  untouchables;;  Gandhi  believed  it was  unfair  and  wrong  to  treat  people  this  way.  I’m  glad  there  are  people  like  him  in  the world  who  are  willing  to  stand  up  and  work  towards  a  good  cause.The  book  we  are  reading in  class,  Gandhi:  His  Life  and  Message,  by  Louis  Fischer  is  an  eye  opener  to  whom Gandhi  was  and  what  he  believed  in.  Gandhi  was  apologist  against  the  caste  system of  India  and  the  British  government,  he  truly  believed  in  abolishing  the  caste system.  In  this  essay  I  will  talk  about  the  untouchables  and  how  Gandhi  fought  for  them  to be  equal.

“Gandhi  never  sought  to  humiliate  or  defeat  the  whites  in  South  Africa  or  the  British in  India  .  He  wished  to  convert  them.  He  hoped  that  if  he  practiced  the  Sermon  on  the Mount,  General  Jan  Christiaan  Smuts  would  remember  he  was  a  Christian.”  (Fischer,  pg. 35).  Gandhi  was  a  Christian  who  advocated  for  the  Brahmins  and  the  Untouchables  to wed,  he  hoped  that  it  would  demolish  the  caste  system.  Even  though  he  was  raised  Hindu, Gandhi  did  not  view  the  caste  system  this  way,  he  died  believing  that  the  Untouchables deserved  equality.

“In  the  early  years  of  his  Mahatma  Hood,  Gandhi  favored  the  case  system.  ‘I

consider  the  four  divisions  to  be  fundamental,  natural,  and  essential,’  he  said  in 1920,  and  on  October  6,  1921,  he  wrote  in  Young  India,  ‘prohibition  against intermarriage  and  interlining...