We find a second opinion that is perhaps as near the truth as the first: Gandhi was a shrewd politician and it would be wrong to see him as only a person of high moral stature.
For those who believe that he was a shrewd politician, Gandhi remains basically a political strategist, a mass leader.
One can legitimately ask if there is scope for another essay on Gandhi.
So much has been written on this iconic man; so many facets of his remarkable life, both in the public realm and private, have been widely discussed and published.
It tries to explain how as a student of the life and thoughts of Gandhi for nearly 10 years, I have encountered difficulties while reading, understanding, making sense of the life and philosophy of Gandhi, and how I have tried to resolve them for myself.
Therefore, this essay is not an effort to present any guiding principles to understand the “true” Gandhi but it makes some suggestions that need to be kept in mind while reading Gandhi in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of his life and philosophy.
On the other hand, those who hold that Gandhi was basically a political strategist argue that “in fact, his philosophy of life had only a limited impact on the people.
It was as a political leader and through his political strategy and tactics of struggle that he moved millions into political action” (Chandra 1989: 506).
It means we cannot fully understand his life and philosophy without knowing the inner dynamism that brought the diverse elements into a fruitful relationship with one another.
For many scholars Gandhi was a man of personal integrity.