Gandhi’s ideas crazy radical in China today

14 March, 2010 at 12:12 | Posted in China, human rights, persecution | Leave a comment
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From the article: //… Each bill bore Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait. Now, back amongst the skyscrapers in Shanghai, the bills has Mao’s portrait.

Both were against class divisions and attracted followers from all around the world. Concerning the rest it is difficult to imagine two more different fathers of the people. Gandhi preached non-violence, truth, democracy, freedom, celibacy, vegetarianism and was killed by a murderer’s bullet. Mao Zedong was a military genius, was preaching the dictatorship of the masses, secrecy, crush down truth-telling people and wallowed in pork and young women before he died of a heart attack.

Gandhi also never ruled India. Instead it was Nerhu who shaped India, as Mao created China of today. Today, in China 2010, appears Gandhi’s ideas as crazy radicals. One is amazed that the British did not stop him. Gandhi himself said he was “in love with the British Empire’s ideals of giving every citizen the freest possible scope to do what the conscience obliges him to”.

When the British in 1919 tried to legislate tough censorship Gandhi launched a nationwide ‘satyagraha’, a protest campaign. It was the beginning of the fight that ended with the independence of India 1947. Gandhi abhorred censorship for: “No society can be built on denying the freedom of individuals”.

Over half a century later, it is China with its strong economy that sets examples for the world. The number of democracies is steadily decreasing, freedom diminishes, the human rights situation deteriorates. The discussion in Beijing seems now not about whether they should be authoritative, but how much more authoritarian they should be.

Gao Zhisheng is today China’s most “known” dissident. A lawyer who became involved in human rights. He drew on himself the wrath of the authorities when he 2007 managed to smuggle out a letter that described how he was tortured. “The only tyrant I accept is the still small voice within me,” said Gandhi. Gao Zhisheng’s problem was that he followed his inner voice. Since more than a year, he is gone. The fears are that he is dead or in such poor condition that the authorities do not want to let him be seen. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu commented that Gao is “where he belongs”. Ma has also said that: “There are no dissidents in China”. Chinese state-controlled press does not mention Gao or the many other prisoners of conscience.

Thanks to free speech Gandhi could transform the prison sentences to a promotional method. When he threatened to starve himself to death, all of India listened, nay the whole world. The British were forced time and again to reverse. But Gandhi also noted that: “It’s not possible to fast against a tyrant.”

I asked the other day two Chinese journalists if they knew who Gao Zhisheng was? They had never heard the name.

Translated from Gandhis idéer galet radikala i Kina i dag| Ola Wong | Svenska Dagbladet

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