Gandhi’s Anti-Vaccine Views Were Rooted In His Non-Violence Philosophy

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Gandhi’s Anti-Vaccine Views Were Rooted In His Non-Violence Philosophy

Written By: GreenMedInfo Research Group

Gandhi is known the world over as the man who single-handedly catalyzed the exit from India of the most powerful imperialistic force on the planet of his time. But did you know he was also uncompromisingly against the ‘violence’ of vaccination?

Mahatma Gandhi is best known for his political accomplishments, both as India’s primary leader of the independence movement, as well as the architect of non-violent civil disobedience. But he was also a natural health advocate, who wrote extensively on the topic, including the dangers of vaccination. Most of his thinking on the topic can be found in A Guide To Health, published in 1921 and available to view in its entirety online.

This is one of Gandhi’s most often cited anti-vaccine quotes:

Gandhi’s opposition to imperialism and its varied forms of violence extended to all…

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