A briiliant excerpt from Wiliam Dalrymple's upcoming book: The Anarchy: How a Corporation Replaced the Mughal Empire, 1756-1803
There are many parallels with contemporary USA.
BTW I find myself agreeing with you 99% of time. But Mahatma Gandhi drinking his own urine? You should have done better research! May be you read something like that about Morarji Desai? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morarji_Desai#Advocate_of_urine_therapy