Peace and Justice
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...