Many Hindus saw this type of thinking as being overly accommodating to the Islamic community, which, though it numbered in the millions, was still a minority. In another, as Gandhi lies starving during the partition violence, a Hindu man begs him for forgiveness.
Share via Email At the centre of this week's major movie is a small, bald, bespectacled figure who has walked with crowds and kept his virtue and talked with kings without losing the common touch, an astute politician with a steely sense of destiny, yet renowned for his modesty and revered by his followers as an almost saintly person.
But it was in his journey through South Africa where he was discriminated and he decided to held his first manifestation.
He already had a law degree, but, degree or not, he was a target of South Africa's system of racial segregation, in which Indians even though they are Caucasian, and thus should "qualify" are denied full citizenship and manhood. While this film is not thematically driven since it is more of a visual biography, it does appear to want to reveal the extent to which the British were oppressive and unwilling to let go of their empire.
Was he too accomodating to Jinnah and the Muslim leaders? Advertisement Gandhi stands at the quiet center.
The movie is a labor of love by Sir Richard Attenborough, who struggled for years to get financing for his huge but "non-commercial" project.