came across this online thought i should share! I repeat i think its an interesting hypothesis. the best kept secret The best kept secret is most definitely the Indian non violent independence movement. In fact honestly there is nothing even close to it. Because it really is a secret of the highest order. What is the secret ? This is based on partial access to some classified historical documents but I do not officially claim to have seen anything. The British "gave" independence to India for absolutely no reasons connected with the freedom movement. But 1.25 billion Indians have been programmed to believe that they got freedom because they fought for it. Gandhi has become one of the greatest icons of modern history. But his efforts were in no way related to India's actual freedom. In fact the British found Gandhi the most convenient man and that is why they kept him alive as long as possible. Because they realized this was the best way to stretch their stay in India in a very convenient non violent sort of way. Less than a hundred targeted killings of British officers and the British would have scooted within a year. The British knew this a few decades before India's actual independence. That is why it was they literally stage managed Gandhi's path to becoming the highly revered Mahatma. Gandhi's theory of non violence was almost a God send for the British. When sporadic violence erupted in British India, the British feared there would be no way they could control such a large population if they adopted violent means at the level of the citizen even to a very small extent. Gandhi was an absolute Savior for the British. In fact with his help the British got the Indian army to fight World War 2 for them. What is there in the historical documents which I officially claim to be fiction is mainly discussions about the opportunity costs. The British had access to a land three times the size of India - Australia where even if they filled their entire population it would still be less. The economics of Controlling India vs Trading with India purely on a comparitive basis only marginally favored controlling India and taken with the risk of possible violence and citizen protests it was simply not worth it. The best solution for the British was to quit India in the most non violent friendly fashion so that they could continue to trade with India and then focus on their other assets like Australia which were the real future. In India there is a small section of people who do understand this but generally it is not very convenient to speak about this in public as the government would squash down any such analysis in the public. You tell me. Could there be a bigger secret in the world ?