The Gandhi Nobody Knows came in over the transom. The sender laughingly asked if "Richard Grenier" was my nom de plume, because he thought that it sounded a bit like me. I took that as a compliment, but even if were possible for me to write this well in 2016, I certainly couldn't in 1983 when it was written. I did recognise it, and was sure I had posted it before but it doesn't show up under search. Perhaps it was in a larger discussion and it was in a post with many links.
It is slightly more interesting now, because of the Rob Bell's video where he is outraged that any Christian would claim that "Gandhi is in hell." (You will see this portrayed as Bell merely questioning that anyone could be so certain, but watch the video. He is outraged that one of his heroes is thought unworthy, however carefully he chooses his words.) Bell is more than a little over-certain himself, but I think most Christians would regard Gandhi as some sort of good guy, practically a Christian, and certainly more Christlike than many believers.
The larger question of the Righteous Pagan - of Plato, Akenhaten, Chaucer's Troilus, all those philosophical souls in Dante's Limbo, of Emmet in Narnia - is not as interesting to me as it perhaps should be. I am much with Lewis on this, that we don't know and it is best not to inquire foolishly into the actions of God. Those charged with setting out doctrines may not have much choice and must consider the import of entire books of the Bible, sometimes down to the level of examining individual verses in comparison with each other. My blessing on them, as I don't want to do it.
But. Ahem. Gandhi is in no way on that list. He has been elevated to some Cartoon Gandhi. Cartoon Gandhi might be in Cartoon Heaven, I suppose. The real one had some real evil in him.