Wheel… Of… Fortune!!!

1. What do you think of Gandhi’s views on women and particularly his dismissive comment on the suffragette movement?

2. On education, Gandhi has this exchange with the reader:

READER: If that is so, I shall have to ask you another question. What enables you to tell all these things to me ? If you had not received higher education, how would you have been able to explain to me the things that you have?

EDITOR: You have spoken well. But my answer is simple: I do not for one moment believe that my life would have been wasted, had I not received higher or lower education. Nor do I consider that I necessarily serve because I speak. But I do desire to serve and in endeavouring to fulfil that desire, I make use of the education I have received. And, if I am making good use of it, even then it is not for the millions, but I can use it only for such as you, and this supports my contention. Both you and I have come under the bane of what is mainly false education. I claim to have become free from its ill effect, and I am trying to give you the benefit of my experience and in doing so, I am demonstrating the rottenness of this education.

Do you buy this argument?

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  1. I buy the part, “I do not for one moment believe that my life would have been wasted, had I not received higher or lower education…” mostly because I used to tutor GED students, and it taught me to see the value in people, myself included, apart from educational achievements in a way that I was incapable of before.

    Then again, modern communication technology is an easy counter-example to the argument: “if I am making good use of it, even then it is not for the millions, but I can use it only for such as you…” Hasn’t Gandhi reached millions? Maybe his life would not have been wasted, but would it have been so impactful if he had not received higher education? Not sure.

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