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Evolution to Extinction
Another Man Called Gandhi: excerpts from an article on Ramesh Gandhi by Janaki Venkataraman
Ramesh Gandhi was born in Calcutta, lives in Madras and stays in clouds. He speaks an uncommon language. For example, "All knowledge," he says, "must become all doubt. Since knowledge can be acquired by doubting, when all is known the process of doubting must persist, causing doubt about what is assumed to have been known. Such being the case, knowledge need not be acquired in the first place."
He argues that man's civilisation has a self-destruct device, since it negates the fundamental tenets of existence, by evolving intelligently, instead of strictly genetically. His ideas have isolated him, but he insists that he is not a misanthrope.
The need for expression, according to him, emanates from a desire for self-justification, which in fact is an inverted form of self-deception. Characteristically, he confesses that he takes photographs and shows them, and talks on any subject in the universe, compellingly and emotionally, and does not commit suicide, as part of an elaborate exercise in self-deceit.
being extensions of his thoughts, are as provocative, and
speak for themselves. Ironically, he claims "no art
is intrinsically, innately of any value, viewed
metaphysically; but then, neither is life itself."
He confesses to be living in an "uncomfortable truce
In Ramesh Gandhi
there is an amalgam of extremely diverse facets. In a
person devoted to spending most of his time in the
process of thought, philosophical dissertations and
speculations, there resides an incurable romanticism and
sensitivity towards all forms of art.