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When Indians were fighting for Independence the, then, PM of England Winston Churchill said that if India is given freedom, power will go to the hands of rascals, rogues and freebooters. All Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight amongst themselves for power and India will be lost in political squabbles
Mahatma Gandhi told the British to leave India to God and if that be too much, leave her to anarchy
Question: Today, nearly seventy years later, how do you view these two statements?

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Asked by Vikram, 09 Jun '10 11:00 am
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When Readers digest conduct a survey where in they place a wallet with lots of money in it at places where people pass by and observe, most Indians try to give it to the owners through the address card in the wallet. But in Europe and US most of them kept the money for themselves discarding the empty wallet and address card. This clearly shows Indians are far far honest than either a British or American. The people here are responsible for electing such leaders and the educated youth are also responsible for not joining the political mainstream and also for not voting. Even with all this adversity we are improving as there are some dedicated politicians and a fair percentage of sincere workers and industrialists here. So Gandhiji is right and Churchill is wrong, as he is not able to judge the low level of honesty in his own people.
Answered by Josna, 09 Jun '10 11:54 am

 
  
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Yes , Our politicians are proving the prophesy of Sir .CHURCHILL ,lock stock and barrel , Freedom has fallen in to undeserving hands .. Had the British continued we would be enjoying the right freedom and development . These worthless politicians playing the foul games in the name of Democracy , I have no withholding senses to vote for the British to continue.
Answered by venkatesaldevarajan, 09 Jun '10 01:27 pm

 
  
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Both made great and correct prophecies. What Churchill said we have been seeing each and every day of our post independence 63 years. What Gandhi said that also we are seeing every day ... Leave India to God...or to anarchy (Rambharose).
Answered by QueSera Sera, 09 Jun '10 11:26 am

 
  
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The relavance of this question can be gauged by following facts
The moghuls ruled independantaly like true sons of soil , not taking orders from abroad .Hence there was no Independance movement against them
British ruled and looted based on orders from abroad and not like sons of soil .There was freedom movement against them
Present day politicans rule by mix through some independance but major policies are dictated from abroad .See Sharmila answer . This is why state of country is as it is now
Answered by mythsbusted, 15 Jun '10 12:06 pm

 
  
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Churchill loved his country. his foresight saw brithish save itself from the mighty german luftwaffe. he inspired his men to victory. the british were responsible for the unification of india and got rid of the muslim menace. what churchill said was not a prophecy. he clearly saw what the indian leaders were capable of. infact they had their agenda to split the country into two almost a decade before it really happened. that was planning and our leaders were only too eager to play their parts. the power hungry nehru and gandhi who almost became a spent force after independence. this country which was under the foreign rule for almost 800 years had and still has a rich culture. the party which claims to have brought us independence ( did it really or was our independence related to the outcome of the world war II) from the beginning followed the appeasement approach for some reason ( 800 years of foreign rule did take its toll) . today what we witness is the fallout of this continued ...more
Answered by Haalayudha Dattuni, 09 Jun '10 06:04 pm

 
  
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Why give importance to some foreigner who always thinks they are superior to Indians? do you know what is happening to western world? do you know the latest news about East India company? It has been brought by an indian!

Let us not give toooo much importance to the statement of a foreigner! he must of uttered this due to his helplessness in preventing India getting freedom
Answered by SREENIVAS, 09 Jun '10 04:07 pm

 
  
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Dear vikram i first congratulate you for asking such brilliant question. As far as I am concerned I do not know what to say about this statement. Even my father , even though he hated britishers, use to say power should not be given to Indian and if it is given they will fight against themselves. He use to say Military Rule is the best for our nation. As far as Winston Churchil , whatever he said is true to the present context, as he knew and well aware of the Democratic principles and if independence is given to India, it will be difficult for them to run on a long run. As far as Gandhiji is concerned, he is a great soul, he do not want to hurt any one ; hence he did ask the Britishers to leave India and Indians can take care of themselves as Indians are govern by Morality. hence i think both the great personality statements are found to be true.
Answered by Gopal, 09 Jun '10 01:27 pm

 
  
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Not relavent anymore.
Answered by iqbal seth, 09 Jun '10 11:20 am

 
  
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Churchill was so true
Answered by thyagarajan mahadevan, 09 Jun '10 11:07 am

 
  
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Both are true -
Answered by Pardeep kapoor, 09 Jun '10 11:02 am

 
  
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