Gandhi was a charismatic leader and led entire India towards the struggle for independence, like Salt Satyagraha and the non-co-operation movement but there are a few mistakes unfortunately done by him in Indian history.
1.Chasing out Netaji from congress:
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was a great leader from Congress, in 1938, he said clearly that, even a peacekeeping party and the fight with non-violence should have an army. Gandhi was not ready to accept his ideas and both had a disagreement. In 1939 there were elections for the president of Congress. Gandhi’s loyal, Pattabhi Seetha Ramayya stood in the elections to fight against Netaji and Netaji was down with ill health. He participated by appearing on a stretcher. In 1939, Subhash won the Congress elections. All the people thought that there could be a change in the leadership from Gandhi to Subhash but, due to extreme politics from Gandhi’s supporters, he had to leave congress. There was extremely no support from Gandhi to Netaji.
2.Undemocratic support to Nehru:
There was a huge support to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, and JB Kripalani but Nehru had been nothing without Gandhi. Sardar Vallabhai Patel got the majority support but Gandhi gave his support to Nehru for the PM candidature. Patel was loyal to Gandhi. Though he had support from congress leaders he left the opportunity to Nehru.
Gandhi said that he would dissolve Congress after getting freedom but he remained calm which resulted in a totalitarian kind of government in India for a long time. Which hadn’t permitted democracy for a long time till NDA’s active participation in elections in recent times.
4.Pakistan’s 55 crore issue:
Pakistan demanded its 55 crores, as per the division we should give but, violating all the rules Pakistan occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Neither Sheik Abdulla aspired for Pakistan to invade J&K, nor King Hari Singh. India had an opportunity to demand them to vacate J&K if no payment of 55 crore proposal was there, but, against it, Gandhiji demanded 55 crores to be given to Pakistan, and he sat on fast until death. The Indian government had to give the money to Gandhi’s words.
Gandhi was a simple man and traveled in a general compartment. But, to make him poor and appear poor, congress used to spend a lot of money. It used to reserve the entire general compartment which costs much for congress.
These are a few mistakes which cost India to pay even some lives. However, his principles can be applied to personal lives, but for politics when we aspire to make our nation strong, India should not show mercy on the traitors, infiltrators, and terrorists.