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Yes Winston Churchill Was A Racist, BUT He Was Nice, Educated & Reasonable Racist — & That Makes All The Difference.

by Anura Guruge

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This is NOT new or shocking.

Anybody who has studied Dear Winston realizes that he had SOME racist tendencies & that he called Gandhi by some rather offensive terms. I have known that for decades. I have written about it.

But, Winston was the product of a very different era. He was born in 1874. Different values. The World map was different & very reddish pink (as in OUR British Empire).

Winston was a decent man. A very decent man.

That he had some racist tendencies does NOT detract from his greatness or legacy.

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The One And Ever Only, Mahatma Gandhi, Was Born This Day, 148-Years Ago; October 2, 1869.

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Setting off on the epic, history-altering SALT MARCH in 1930. See my post on March 12, 2017.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi .

I love ‘Mohandas’. Gives me the chills when I hear it.

How the world could do with him TODAY. Ah, the Mahātmā (‘Great Soul‘ in Sanskrit).

He, alas, was before my time — he was tragically assassinated 5.8 years ahead of my birth.

BUT, he is in my TOP-TIER pantheon of personal heroes, alongside: Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King & Obama!

A time to PAUSE, especially today … after Las Vegas!

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87-Years Ago Today, March 12, 1930, Mahatma Gandhi Set Off On The ‘Salt March’ — A Major Milestone In Indian Independence.

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Setting off on THE MARCH. If you have seen the movie ‘Gandhi’ you will remember it well.

The ‘Salt March‘ is well depicted in the 1982 movie ‘Gandhi‘ starring Ben Kinsley.

IF you haven’t seen it you have done YOURSELF a huge disservice.

Good NEWS, it is available for FREE on YouTube.

I have watched this 191 minute movie, yes, 3 hours and 11 minutes, at least 4 times.

Wikipedia entry. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_March

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PBS Masterpiece “Indian Summers” Gets Off To A Sluggish Start.

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No doubt my expectations were way high. Like so many others I was hoping it would prove to be an enchanting amalgamation of ‘Passage to India‘ (which we recently watched with the kids), ‘The Jewel in the Crown‘ (which I have watched twice), ‘Gandhi‘ (which we also watched recently for the kids) & ‘Downton Abbey‘ (to which the kids are totally and utterly addicted). Well we just finished watching the 1st episode of ‘Indian Summers’ (which I DVRed on Sunday, off PBS). The kids, given all the steamy ‘romance’ scenes — with a bit of good ol’ British up-the-skirt groping discreetly thrown in — were intrigued and mesmerized. By their bar is low.

No doubt it has been lavishly filmed. Exquisite photography and wonderful scenes of India at its picturesque best. It is indeed sumptuous. Much of the acting, particularly by the Indians, is very promising and there are plenty of characters already that can blossom. Yes, there are 8 more episodes to go and who knows, maybe even a second and third season (though they may have forestalled that by already moving onto Independence, in 1947, by the last episode).

I am keeping my fingers crossed. I want this series to be a SMASH hit; I want it to be addictive. So I am in no way writing it off. Just expected it to get off to a more dynamite start. It isn’t as if ‘they’ don’t know the ‘formula’. ‘The Jewel in the Crown’ and ‘Passage to India’ set out what needs to happen. So …. In hope that episode 2 on Sunday turns out to be a barnburner. Talking of which another Masterpiece debuts that night on PBS. “Homefires“. Looks very promising too. As does another series starting that very same night: “The Widower“.

I Am Excited About “Indian Summers” Masterpiece Theater Coming To PBS SOON.

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Yes, I am excited but mainly for the kids and Deanna. During the Summer we watched “Passage to India“, “Gandhi” and of course, tons of “Downton Abbey“. Well, this from what I can see, is “Passage to India” crossed with “Downton Abbey” — with Gandhi thrown in for good measures. Looks very compelling. Can’t wait.

Just wanted to SHARE with you since I didn’t want you to miss it. I will try to keep you posted as to the U.S. schedule. OK?

As We Now Wait For The Inevitable, Think About Reading Nelson Mandela’s Autobiography ‘Long Walk To Freedom’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access this CNN story from today, with some good historic pictures.

Click to access this CNN story from today, with some good historic pictures.

I was dreading turning on the TV this morning. I had read the news reports before I had gone to bed at 1 am.

I was glad that there was no news about Nelson Mandela.

But, things aren’t looking good and despite all those years in prison, he has had a good innings. For that I am glad.

I didn’t really get to know the man until the mid-1980s, though I did sign the obligatory ‘Free Mandela‘ petitions when I was doing my Master’s during 1978 – 1979. If I remember right, there was even a movement to have him elected, in absentia, as the President of the University of London. Yes, I voted ‘yes’ on that. I think we also tried to get him, unrealistic as it may have been, to be the ‘Presenter’ at one of our graduation ceremonies.

I still remember the day he walked out of prison. It was a Saturday. I watched all of it. I cried.

I bought ‘Long Walk …’ more or less when it came out and consumed it with gusto. Good book. Very thought provoking and inspirational. I have also read a couple of other books about this amazing man.

He has definitely been an inspiration for me.

Gandhi was before my time, though I did get to meet and shake hands with Jawaharlal Nehru when he visited Ceylon in October 1962. Actually he came to our house for dinner! That was quite an occasion. I still remember it. I would have been 9. There were lots of people (not that that per se was unusual). It was dark and I think getting late. He finally arrived. To me he seemed SO TALL. As ever he was dressed in all white. That is what I still remember the most. This tall, kind of shimmering figure in white who bent down and shook my hand. He also signed, on the first page, my brand new autograph book that one of my uncle’s had put together for me, just for this occasion. I still have it. It is always close to me. It now lies open as I write this. He dated it: 15. 10. 62. October 15, 1962. He was a great man too, but Mr. Mandela has meant more to me.

London Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony: The Churchill Minute Akin To The Muhammad Ali Blunder

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As with Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill is one of my all time heroes, one of the undeniable, immortal ‘Greats’. I even named my second Golden after him, ‘Winston’.

When I listen to Winston speak I still get goosebumps. His command of the English leaves me in humbled awe. I have gone on pilgrimage both to his birthplace, the magnificent Blenheim Palace and his burial place in Bladon. Yes, I know that he wasn’t that fond of darkies (like me), but that has never really bothered me. That was a generational thing. Something that he grew up with and as. I don’t think it was personal or vicious. It was a different age. Yes, I know he was not very fond of another of my heroes, Gandhi (and called him some amusing names). But, ‘race’ in Britain is different and, of course, I am very qualified to talk about it having grown up as a non-white in Britain, starting in 1969. I do know this for a fact. If not for dear Churchill I will be writing this blog in German! Period.

The Olympic organizers forgot the most fundamental adage about Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA. He is inimitable.

So to have an actor, Timothy Spall, do a pitiful imitation of him was uncalled for. Unbecoming. Unnecessary. Ditto with the Ali moment. What were they thinking? Yes, I saw “The King’s Speech” — and loved it. That doesn’t mean that he should have played Winston. I feel bad for him. He does NOT sound anything like Winston. He sounds like he has a mouthful of the proverbial British marbles in his mouth. That isn’t how Winston sounds.

You can’t try and imitate Winston. He stands alone and will always stand alone – a lion, a giant, an artist, a writer, a father, a fighter, a man.

Yes, of course, Winston must have uttered lines from Shakespeare. But, to portray him doing the ‘I love this island‘, Caliban’s speech from ‘The Tempest‘ was stupid.

And AGAIN we go back to my theme from the Opening Ceremonies. The need for political correctness. Yes, of course, he can’t offend the Germans.

What we should have had ideally was a 3D hologram of the REAL Winston created from all of the b&w film clips we have of him.

Failing that they should have just projected THE SPEECH onto the large TVs … ‘We shall fight them …’ That to me would have been appropriate. The Olympics is all about fighting.

Or THE FINEST HOUR SPEECH. I love that speech. I go and read it every once in awhile for inspiration.

“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.”

That would have been appropriate. The London Olympics was a HUGE SUCCESS. Bravo. It wasn’t the Battle of Britain, but it was one of our finest fortnights.

So, let me conclude by letting you actually listen to the inimitable, GREAT MAN, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, PC, DL, FRS, Hon. RA.

You really should listen to this speech. It is HISTORY. Not for that we would all be talking German.