Often , Mahatma Gandhi is invoked to oppose entry of Walmart . This writer believes that he would not have done any such thing if he were alive today . He would have opposed an arrangement in which the US trader is given to Indian market and reciprocal access was not given to Indian trader in the US or global market .This indeed is not the present case . This is the time when Indian traders are flourishing in the US. Another aspect to remember : The Mahatma did not ever want to impose his idea of self sufficient villages and simple living in such villages on the population . The Gandhians has all the freedom today to propagate the Gandhian ideal of simple living . To oppose entry of Walmart in the name of the Mahatma is illogical. The entry of Walmart does not also imperil initiatives like Maveli stores of Kerala if they are run efficiently . If a Walmart outlet is opened in Kochi , the government stores must be able to sell at competitive prices with out incurring loss. The government initiatives in retail trade can co exist with private initiatives , both Indian and foreign on the basis of efficient performance and not on other grounds.