During 1942, when Bapu was thinking of undertaking a fast, Sarojini Devi, Sushilabehn and Pyarelalji and others felt that if he did ultimately resort to it, the ordeal would be too much for Ba to bear, because of her extreme physical weakness. So one day Sarojini Devi, who often thought that Bapu was at times very hard upon poor Ba, blurted out, "Bapu, these fasts of yours will simply kill Ba."
Thereupon Bapu laughed and said, "I know Ba better than you all. You people have no idea
at all of her fortitude. When some years back, I embarked upon the fast to
prevent the secession of the Harijans from the fold of Hinduism, and when there
seemed to be no hope that I would survive, Ba distributed, at my wish, all my
belongings among the hospital staff, without shedding a single tear."
That night, however, Bapu talked to Ba about his contemplated fast and convinced her
of the rightness of his step. Therefore, next day Ba said to Sarojini Devi and
others that Bapu had, indeed, no alternative but to fast in protest against the
Government's false propaganda. And every one was surprised at her courageous
acceptance of the inevitable.