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Old February 4th, 2013, 05:46 AM
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Re: 30 January alternate view

Digressing ... I think Gandhi and Nehru had different visions for what India should be. I think Gandhi wanted an India where there would be self-sufficient villages, pious people happily spinning khadi, people renouncing sex and pleasure, people living without much material wealth but spiritually contented. I think he had this ideal of happy, self-sufficient villages.

Nehru wanted industrialization and modernity. That comment you mentioned about dams being the temples of modern India ... I don't think Gandhi would have said that kinda thing. As long as the principal goal was independence, these differences did not come to the fore. But then again, if Gandhi had really wanted a republic full of self-sufficient villages, why did he choose Nehru as heir?
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