Re: Can theos-talk look at the world?
Sep 28, 2004 02:43 AM
by Erica Letzerich
Indeed there were some political disagreements between Besant and
Gandhi but you forgot another detail in your questions and
affirmations, in some level Gandhi's efforts resulted also in the
division of India. Gandhi is more properly viewed as the Father of
Pakistan rather than the Father of the Indian nation.
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> > Why did Annie Besant the President, at the International Meeting
> > the TS ask all members to oppose Gandhi according to you ?
> Show me where I mentioned that.
> > A book called "Outside the Fold" claims she was in fact an
> > Imperialist.
> Would an imperialist campaign vigorously for self-government for a
> nation under foreign rule, or encourage the study and teaching of
> traditional values instead of the educational policies of the
> colonial power? Would she found schools and colleges and encourage
> the study of Sanskrit, which the colonial power ignored?
> Would an imperialist deserve the following message from Jawaharlal
> Nehru, first Prime-Minister of Independent India, ﻿to the
> Theosophical Lodge in New Delhi on 1 October 1956, on the occasion
> her birthday?
> "﻿I send my greetings on the occasion of the birthday of
> Besant. To the younger generation today, she might be just a name,
> and it is possible that to some she is not even a name. To my
> generation and, indeed, to an earlier one, she was a tremendous
> figure who influenced us greatly. There can be no doubt that in
> India's struggle for freedom her part ﻿was a considerable
> Apart from this, she was one of those early persons who drew our
> attention to our own heritage and made us proud of it.
> It is right that we should remember this great personality and pay
> our homage to her memory."
> > But she was not only a British Imperialist, which might explain
> > earlier suggestion that she supported Mussolini.
> I am still waiting to see the relevant quotation and reference
> this "suggestion".
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