Gandhi, I honor you

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

“Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.”

Page 446. An autobiography: the story of my experiments with truth
By Gandhi (Mahatma), Mahadev Haribhai Desai

I love this quote. Gandhi, the iconic pacifist, recognized that free people require arms to defend themselves and their ideals. He did not believe arms were inherently evil or that the world would be better without them.

Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 and would have turned 140 this year.

The above image comes from, a “green” blog.

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  • Mehul Kamdar Mehul Kamdar on Oct 05, 2009


    The farce in this is that the Indian Republic, which Gandhi helped liberate, is even more anti gun than the British ever were. The average Indian has no option with which to legally defend him or herself and the worst of these laws were enacted by the Congress Party which Gandhi led and which is in power at the moment.

    While he was a great man, no doubt, his political successors are the worst kind of socialist thieves that India has known in its history.

    • Steve Steve on Oct 05, 2009

      @Mehul Kamdar Mehul, I know and it is very sad and ironic. What is also sad and ironic, although maybe justice, is that Britain ended up banning the guns of their own citizens not much later.

  • Chris Strong Chris Strong on May 26, 2010

    The Burke Quote has a lot of idealistic and historical relation to "Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito." from Virgil’s Aeneid and it translates roughly as "Do not give in to evil but proceed ever more boldly against it".

    In some of Burke's works he quotes and responds to ideas and things said by Virgil. It is not at all infeasible that Burke had some idealogical help with his more pithy and updated phraseology.