Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mahatma Gandhi speaks

Tomorrow, I will post some audio artifacts to commemorate the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., 40 years ago.

Tonight, I present the voice of Mohandas K. Gandhi, whose anti-racist activism and nonviolent tactics inspired Dr. King and others in the civil rights movement.

In 1931, Mahatma Gandhi recorded “My Spiritual Message” in London. It is considered today one of the best surviving audio recordings of his voice.

Click here to hear 5 minutes of that recording on my Vox blog.

You can download this sound file from, a website devoted to the history of India. Just follow this link.


Anonymous said...

Hi, you might also be interested in some of his other comments. You know the ones about lazy kaffirs being only interested in "wives" and such. Great man...but not without his prejudices.

Michael Fisher said...

Ghandi was a racist fuck. He hated the black people of South Africa and the Dalits of India even today can't stand him; Fuck a Ghandi.

SJ said...

His writings during his time in South Africa reveal his prejudices against black people.

Perhaps his views got better later in life, but there is no evidence to suggest that.

Undercover Black Man said...

Fisher: Abraham Lincoln wasn't crazy about black folks either. But look what he went and did.

Set aside his influence on the CRM. Doesn't Gandhi deserve lifetime props, Michael, for striking a huge blow against the Global System of White Supremacy??

Michael Fisher said...


"Doesn't Gandhi deserve lifetime props, Michael, for striking a huge blow against the Global System of White Supremacy??"

What huge blow? Ghandi make sure that the truly anti-racist and anti-imperialist forces in India were silenced and that the ueber-white supremacist system in the form of the Hindu caste system became thoroughly entrenched in Indian society.

Check out the website of the Dalit Voice magazine for some starters. Plenty of books around, too.

Don;t belive the hype.

Besides, Ghandi didn't use non-violence as a strategy, he used it as a tactic. If it hadn't been for the militants he was always able to point to ("either them or me"), the British wouldn't have compromised with him.

Besides, in South Africa, when he served the British military in their campaign against what he called the Kaffers, he had no compunction against violence.

Invisible Woman said...

UBM: I know you are savvy enough to know Lincoln's move was ain't foolin' me.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Ain't trying to fool no one, IW. But I don't go through the pages of history looking for perfect humans, because there were none.

As rare as it is for an individual to change the course of history for the better, I'll take whatever I can get.

Invisible Woman said...