the Spirit of Mahatma Gandhi lives through every nonviolent action
The statement in Gandhitopia News Digest of Nelson Mandela saying that his hero was not M.K.Gandhi but J.Nehru sounded to me almost as strange as if M.K.Gandhi had said "...my teacher was not Tolstoy but V.I.Lenin..."...
Tolstoy's principle was the same given by Christ "RESIST NOT EVIL" - NON-RESISTANCE, NON-VIOLENCE, while Lenin believed in "the end justifies the means". The latter had said about Tolstoy: "...in literature a colossus, in politics a child...".
The Spiritual Teacher of Bulgaria, Peter Deunov (Beinsa Douno), had said about the Russians: "...the White Prophet came (meaning Tolstoy) and they did not accept Him, the Red prophet came (meaning Lenin) and they accepted him...".
It was the same in the U.S.A. Martin Luther King Jr. had stated that Christ gave him THE MESSAGE and Gandhi gave him THE METHOD, while Malcolm X had adopted the usual White Anglo-Saxon Protestant way of "by All means necessary"... The British empire was evil like every previous one, but the People of the U.S.A. are even in a worse predicament now. Either to give up more than 730 military bases in over 130 countries, control of probably over 70% of this Planet resources, war, killing, space weaponry and satellite spying, destructiveness and the most global environmental pollution in order to save its "democracy, freedom and soul" at "home"; or lose the latter in order to maintain the last and worst evil empire on Mother Earth!
I RESPECT Nelson Mandela and We Walked in 1998/1999 over a year long International Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage for the legacy of the European and American trade, enslavement and murder of untold millions of African people (and their descendants) that finished in Cape Town and Robben Island in June 1999. On the way we had a special stop in Pieter-Maritzburg at the train station where M.K.Gandhi was thrown out of the train - almost exactly 106 years after that fateful day.
M.K.Gandhi returned his medals from South Africa to the British king but we did not see N. Mandela saying to Clinton or Obama to free the most prominent Native American political prisoner, Leonard Peltier, serving two consecutive life sentences since the 1970's for a crime he did not commit. In a similar comparison we can go even further and say how could the 14th Dalai Lama accept the highest U.S. congressional medal of honor from a two-term fraudulently 'elected' president and war criminal!...
One of the so called "founding fathers" of the U.S.A., James Madison, clever aristocrat and friend of the other aristocrat and slaves-owner, Thomas Jefferson, had written that "if all men were angels, no governments would be necessary"... We, as Satyagrahis, taking exactly his premise to mean that not all men are angels, cannot accept his conclusion to be true that governments are necessary, because those few men-angels, i.e. Mahatmas, never participate in any human government.
To conclude this already too long writing must say I am convinced that We, the World Citizens of today, so many centuries after Mahavira, Buddha and Christ, in the 21st century of the Common Era (also Kali Yuga according to Vedic authorities) should be already beyond even the concepts of 'messiahs', 'saviors' and 'heroes' or depend and wait for such - WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, THE AHIMSA EVOLUTIONARIES.
I see you as being too harsh on Nelson Mandela, in that his statement of praise to Nehru over Gandhi seems very accurate and truthful of the Man.
I heard a famous American who goes by "Jay-Z" who said he liked Martin Luther King better than Gandhi because Gandhi was too great of a person to follow while MLK was more reachable.
Mandela could not have been the President of SA except by following the example of Nehru since as you said "Mahatmas, never participate in any human government."
I even believe that Nehru is never given his proper due since Nehru was no Mahatma but Nehru was still an extraordinary Man.
Nehru had to first lose all his property and his status to follow Gandhi, and Nehru went to prison and he wrote an excellent Autobiography while in prison, and it was Gandhi that wanted Nehru as India's first Prime Minister where Nehru surely did as he believed to be best.
In the Mandela autobiography it tells us a little about how he considered Gandhi and non violence but Mandela was indeed far more like Nehru than like Gandhi and that is better than what it could have been.
It is very neccessory for the world to follow ahimsa in his daily activity, foreign affairs, with nebhiours.