Embarking on a critical analysis of Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) is a bold adventure. Gandhi was the most revered politician/saint of the 20th century and any author who dares question him risks his own reputation in the modern intellectual world. Yet in this provocative text, retired U.S. Army Col. G. B. Singh and Dr. Tim Watson set out to investigate the origins of the Mahatma by rigorously cross-examining him on the witness stand.
In 1893, Gandhi reportedly suffered a series of racial humiliations during his famous train journey from Durban to Pretoria in colonial South Africa. These humiliations galvanized him to fight against the burgeoning apartheid system and later to oppose British colonialism. Such far-reaching consequences have been attributed to what transpired at the Pietermaritzburg train station where Gandhi was forcibly evicted from a first class train compartment.
The authors scrutinize the evidence for this incident, cross-examining Gandhi himself in their pursuit of historical truth. In the process of cutting past Gandhi's self-described "experiments with the truth," the authors delve into Gandhi's relationship with the blacks of South Africa and his service as a Sergeant Major in the British Army. In the words of Prof. Lewis Baldwin, this books offers "a challenge that no human being should ignore in this age of cynicism, violence, and terror."