Ghandi, Marx and the meaning of socialism

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02/03/2020 by socialistfight

Background to today’s attacks on Indian Muslims by the Hindu chauvinists:

Socialist Fight

By Patrick Martens

This discussion article was published in Socialist Fight No 3, Autumn 2009. Ret Marut replied to it below on behalf of Socialist Fight in the same issue by the article: Gandhi, Bhagat Singh and the meaning of Revolution

 

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Gandhi and Kasturbai with Harijan children at Bhavnagar, July 3, 1934

Louis Fischer. “You are a socialist and so are they.”

Gandhi.

“I am, they are not. I was a socialist before many of them were born. I carried conviction to a rabid socialist in Johannesburg, but that is neither here nor there. My claim will live when their socialism is dead.”

In an extract from Gandhi’s interview with the American journalist, Louis Fischer (1896-1970) between 17 and 18 July 1926, we are introduced in no uncertain terms to the belief held by Gandhi that he subscribed to a particular form of socialism. Nehru commenting from his telling…

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