What Kirsan Ilyumzhinov wanted to talk to Mahatma Gandhi about

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, after whose death, as Vladimir Putin said in 2008, "there is no one to talk to." On the eve of the anniversary of the man who achieved independence for India, Kommersant asked journalists, politicians, scientists and the military what they would talk to Mahatma Gandhi about.

Here is what the 1-st President of Kalmykia, the 6-th President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said:


– I would have asked him why you can't defeat evil with love. Mahatma Gandhi-the great humanist, philosopher, called his teacher Leo Tolstoy, who created the doctrine of non-resistance to evil by violence. The humanistic component of this doctrine, originating in the world religions, is not disputed. However, history knows no examples when humanism prevailed over cruelty and brute force. World terrorism has become a threat to all human civilization. The terrorists do not spare anyone – neither children, nor old men, nor women. "If you face an opponent, defeat him with love, "Gandhi taught, whom Rabindranath Tagore called Mahatma – "the great soul." I would ask what to do about the fanatic who shot him in front of thousands of fans. And why is this aggressive person is not able to defeat love? What to do with this contradiction? I wonder how Mahatma Gandhi would answer this question. He regarded cowardice as inexcusable weakness, and non-resistance to evil as strength.