We find a second opinion that is perhaps as near the truth as the first: Gandhi was a shrewd politician and it would be wrong to see him as only a person of high moral stature.
For those who believe that he was a shrewd politician, Gandhi remains basically a political strategist, a mass leader.
In the preface to his 2006 book on Gandhi, Rajmohan Gandhi, a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, expressed the same sentiment: In India we think we know him [Gandhi]. He looks at us from currency notes, postage stamps and billboards. Yet the obvious and predictable Gandhi may be very misleading, and the beliefs of the real man may have been quite different from what we think (Rajmohan Gandhi 2006: x). I agree with Rajmohan Gandhi’s argument, but unlike him I cannot make a claim that this essay has been “started as an exercise to delineate the ‘true’ Gandhi” (Rajmohan Gandhi 2006: ix).
We feel we can sketch the spectacles, the bald head, the loincloth, the pocket-watch. The attempt here is rather straightforward and simple.
Because Gandhi had lived a very well-defined and unambiguous life of double standards.
Let me first explain what I mean by double standards.
One may therefore feel that there is nothing left to be said about his life and philosophy.
However, one must also admit that rather than bringing clarity to his life and philosophy, these enormous works have created much confusion and ambiguity.
I argue that scholars have created a false dichotomy between “Gandhi the Mahatma” and “Gandhi the Politician” because usually these two are considered as different as chalk and cheese.
For him it was not enough to strategise against an opponent, it was also important that the action be carried out on the highest moral ground.