In Gandhi: Under Cross-Examination, Dr. Tim Watson and his colleague, renowned Gandhi scholar G.B. Singh, examine the very roots of Mahatma Gandhi's position as an icon of the Civil Rights Movement.
In 1893, Gandhi claims to have been thrown out from a first-class train compartment at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa for refusing to give up his seat to a white man. This racial incident allegedly galvanized him to fight against British colonialism. Yet in 1895, just two years later, Gandhi was promoting segregation in Durban, South Africa. The local post office had two doors - one for blacks and Indians and another for whites. Calling it an "invidious distinction," Gandhi successfully campaigned for a third door for Indian use only.
G.B. Singh, who also authored, "Gandhi: Behind the Mask of Divinity" (Prometheus, 2004), said: "My previous book proved Gandhi's own writings demonstrate his vehement racism against black Africans. This new book goes a step further, debunking the propaganda behind the favorite icon of modern American and Indian politicians."
Gandhi: Under Cross-Examination challenges the historical accuracy behind Gandhi's pivotal story of racial discrimination aboard a South African train, exposing his divergent accounts of the incident. By placing Gandhi on the witness stand and weaving courtroom drama into the analytical text, the authors ultimately conclude the famous incident has no basis in fact. There are thousands of books about Gandhi, but this is one of the few willing to place his claims under the lens of historical scrutiny.
Tim Watson lives in Toronto, Ontario where he teaches philosophy and communications. He also hosts a weekly radio show. Watson is the author of another scholarly book titled "The Ethics of Timelessness," in which he examines the origins and solutions to modern diseases assailing the human body and body politic. He is also working on a book titled "Shakespeare's Codex," in which he decodes the front operations of 400 years of covert operations dating back to Elizabethan times. Visit his website : www.shakesaspear.com for evidence that Shakespeare is not the guy they say he is. Tim's colleague, Col. G.B. Singh (Ret.) served in the U.S. Army. He is a professional student of Indian politics, world religions, and the life and teachings of Gandhi and lives in Tennessee, USA.
You'll definitely want to join us for this very special event on Tuesday, June 24th 2008 as we are very pleased to help launch Dr. Watson's book (get your copy signed), followed by an in-depth discussion regarding one of the most revered political icons to walk the earth. You do not want to miss this!
"With so many world leaders, from Obama to the Dalai Lama, crediting Gandhi as their inspiration, the world deserves to see a critical examination of the Gandhi story."
- Pieter Friedrich, Sovereign Star's editor-in-chief.
Grady Harp is a Top 10 reviewer for Amazon.com. This is what he had to say about the book, 'Gandhi: Under Cross-Examination'...
The Aura of Mahatma Gandhi: An Investigation into Veracity
May 8, 2008
"The purpose of this very well written book sets out to cross examine the source of Mahatma Gandhi's triggering episode in 1893 - an incident suspicious of racial injustice that Gandhi used as the focus of his fight for nonviolent resistance in the struggle for racial equality. Whether the reader of this book will have the perception of the 'Saint Gandhi' as the leader of the Civil Rights movement altered or not, there is no denying that authors G.B. Singh and Tim Watson do present a careful cross examination of Gandhi's own writings as well as those of his biographers that give healthy cause for thought.
In this case the avatar, prophet, and saint was already fully formed, a self-realized being from birth. All that was missing from an attempt to form a new religion was the miracles. The quintessential political opportunist, Gandhi soon hit on the formula to change all that. The immaculate conception was now born in his mind. He would invent a past. He would make himself into a martyr. He would give the world a biography that would show him not as a man of privilege, not as a high caste Hindu sent to the London Bar, but as a victim of persecution, a martyr, one who had endured the worst slights and insults a man can experience only to rise from these humiliations phoenix-like to forgive his enemies. In addition, he portrays himself as Buddha-like in his renunciation of worldly attachments.' Powerful words, powerful writing. And as with all belief systems, the opportunity to re-evaluate at the hands of researched writers such as Singh and Watson may serve to strengthen or perhaps alter the layers of dust that accumulate with generations passing.
Books of this nature are healthy for historians and for academics and for the public at large."
Grady Harp, May 08
here's a brief synopsis of what will be discussed:
The title "Mahatma" is derived from those who are initiated members of the Theosophical Society but who are already initiated members of Freemasonry. The title means "Great Soul". Gandhi's "London Diary" was his Freemason diary. It was written in Masonic Code. Only 20 pages survive from this book. The rest of the 120 page volume has conveniently disappeared. The 20 pages which survive describe his initiation to the 3rd Degree of Freemasonry.
Why is Gandhi's affiliation with Freemasonry and the Theosophical Society being suppressed? Gandhi went to the Bar and studied law at the Inner Temple, one of the Inns of Court in the City of London, quite a privilege for a person of colour in the late 19th century, late 1880's in point of fact. Student admission was normally reserved for landed gentry and aristocrats. How did he luck out?
Why was Gandhi in touch with the head of the Muslim League, a known terrorist organization? And why was this organization based in London? It is well known that MI6 and British Freemasonry were behind the creation of the Muslim Brotherhood, generally regarded as Islamic Freemasonry, which boasts known terrorists like Osama bin Laden among its membership. It is also well known that the CIA was behind the creation of al-Qaeda, the Mujahaddin and the Taliban. Why did Gandhi exchange letters with the head of the Muslim League and then deny having done so to the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England, Lord Ampthill? Why did Lord Ampthill write the foreword to the first biography on Gandhi, written by Freemason Rev. J.J. Doke. the Editor of Gandhi's Indian Opinion newspaper? These are just some of the many questions that will be raised next Tuesday, the 24th. Be there or be on the Square!
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