First ill post the good:
Looking up quotes, I found something surprising about him.
"But a man who, when faced by danger, behaves like a mouse, is rightly called a coward. He harbors violence and hatred in his heart and would kill his enemy if he could without hurting himself. He is a stranger to nonviolence. All sermonizing on it will be lost on him. Bravery is foreign to his nature.
Before he can understand nonviolence, he has to be taught to stand his ground and even suffer death, in the attempt to defend himself against the aggressor who bids fair to overwhelm him. To do otherwise would be to confirm his cowardice and take him further away from nonviolence." -
"where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence."
His writings and his views, his version of Jainist Hinduism was never black and white, and you read about his life, he lived by such a strict code, hard not to admire the guy.
But a friend of mine who is half sikh and half hindu(well one parent is sikh the other is hindu, he just hasn't identified as either) and my parents, with their pakistani background and bias have other opinions of him
Both talk about figures in south asian history that have been greatly ignored for achieving great things:
My friend said in an e-mail:"he(Ganhdi) controlled the heartbeat of India, even the warlike Pathans turned to non-violence for this man. All that, so he could ##### it all up in 1947. Basically Nehru wanted to be the PM, muslim league has never got proper political power in India so they wanted a separate enclave (they might have had some genuine fear of discrimination as well). And Gandhi got manipulated. All he had to do was to step down hard on congress leadership and this issue could have been resolved. Indian constitution was written in 1950, so there was no way they could alledge discrimination if Gandhi had put appropriate clauses in for their fears. He might have been a good man, but he suffered cowardice at the most critical juncture in his life."
he added by saying: "Gandhi could have stirred the masses and all the Brits in India could have been burnt alive right after the Jullianwalla bagh genocide. But, he was so used to british empire, he could not envision India without the white man. I dunno how his psyche worked, but praising white man's empire and calling black south africans, lazy niggers is far from saintly. Under Gandhi we continued to be slaves, until british were so weak they couldnt enforce the empire in India (see bombay naval rebellion, army mutinies in central India etc after ww2). Gandhi won us freedom is a giant myth that we need to get rid of. He kept us slaves as long as he was praised by the brits.
one thing that I dont like about Pakistani education system is that they dont teach the kinds about the pre partition era, how the revolutionaries fought them and sacrificed their lives. When I came to Canada and made Pakistani friends, I was shocked that they didnt know about Bhagat Singh. But, this is the world we deal with, it will all end pretty soon anyways, end cant be too far haha
Seriously, read about the guy, he died for us all. there have been 3 movies made by bollywood if thats ur thing. Him and Subhash Chandra Bose, iwould highly recommend"
on pakistan and india: Obviously the ideological differences will remain between India and Pakistan bro. But, we should learn from that sad past and not let that happen again. India need to focus in its north eastern states and pakistan in balochistan and NWFP. we should stop any further divisions. It leads nowhere.
. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhagat_Singh http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subhash_Chandra_Bosehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahid_Ashfaqallah_Khan