My U.S. conservative father, when alive, could not stand Mahatma Gandhi. Do other conservatives in the United States feel that way about Gandhi, and why?

Yes I do feel the same way. Gandhi was only successful because he fought an opponent with a conscience: the British. Had he be born under any other empire his non-violent approach would never have been successful.

I’m also married to a woman of Jewish extraction. Gandhi’s views of the Holocaust are rarely reported because they make him appear deranged. Here’s what he had to say. Source: Repudiating Gandhian pacifism in the face of mass murder

“Looking back on the Holocaust Gandhi stated, “Hitler killed five million Jews. It is the greatest crime of our time. But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs. As it is, they succumbed anyway in their millions.” He also said that had the Jews committed collective suicide, that would have been “heroism.””

Gandhi also had this to say about Britain’s Darkest Hour when it alone resisted Nazism.

“Gandhi wrote to the British during the war, “This manslaughter must be stopped. You are losing; if you persist, it will only result in greater bloodshed. Hitler is not a bad man.””

Yes Mahatma, Hitler was a bad man. But you were blind to that at the time, and thankfully the British didn’t take your advice.

Gandhi’s reputation hasn’t aged well outside of India. And it isn’t aging well with the Indian diaspora either.

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  1. Two reasons, aside from the one you mentioned…yes, he did tell Jews to commit suicide and made many other remarks of this kind.His supposed humanity and non-violence obviously did not to extend to Jews.

    Second, He and India’s Congress Party did everything they could to obstruct the Allies in WWII. Gandhi openly told his followers not to volunteer to fight Japan and sabotage every effort to defend India. He actually said that if the Brits were to leave the Japanese would not invade India and everything would be just dandy.Perhaps he should have talked to some Filipinos. Chinese or Koreans to see what fun that would have been for his fellow Indians. They would have answered Gandhi with a bayonet to the guts. While there were Hindi troops who did fight the axis, many of the troops in the Indian battalions were Gurkhas (What warriors!!) Sikhs and Muslims. Most General Slim’s Indian troops in Burma fighting the Japanese were Sikhs and Muslims.
    His reputation is extremely overrated as a human being and as a leader.

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