He epitomised a perfect harmony between thought, word and action.They emphasised that Gandhi’s life must be understood in such a way that his words and deeds should reflect each other.
However, we cannot though just gloss over the dichotomy of the Mahatma vs the politician without explaining how these two contradictory aspects coexisted within a single ideological unity.
They hold that to stress Gandhi’s exemplary moral character tends to force the discussion away from his phenomenal achievements and their continued relevance today.
Those who insist that Gandhi was basically a Mahatma argue that he involved himself in political struggles only as long as it aided his spiritual progress and that, at their core, his struggles were a search for truth.
Politicians are not expected to be moral, and spiritual persons are not expected to be political.
But the manner in which these two are closely intertwined in Gandhi’s thought and actions made him unique.