Govt. of India.
It seems cruel to inflict this letter on you, but
the interest of peace demands a final appeal. Though you were frank enough to
tell me that there was little hope of your commuting the sentence of death on
Bhagat Singh and two others, you said you would consider my submission of
Saturday. Dr. Sapru met me yesterday and said that you were troubled over the
matter and taxing your brain as to the proper course to adopt. If there is any
room left for reconsideration, I invite you attention to the following.
Popular opinion rightly or wrongly demands
commutation. When there is no principle at stake, it is often a duty to respect
In the present case the chances are that, if
commutation is granted, internal peace is most likely to be promoted. In the
event of execution, peace is undoubtedly in danger.
Seeing that I am able to inform you that the
revolutionary party has assured me that, in the event of these lives being
spared, that party will stay its hands, suspension of sentence pending cessation
of revolutionary murders becomes in my opinion a peremptory duty.
Political murders have been condoned before now.
It is worth while saving these lives, if thereby many other innocent lives are
likely to be saved and maybe even revolutionary crime almost stamped out.
Since you seem to value my influence such as it is
in favour of peace, do not please unnecessarily make my position, difficult as
it is, almost too difficult for future work.
Execution is an irretrievable act. If you think
there is the slightest chance of error of judgment, I would urge you to suspend
for further review an act that is beyond recall.
If my presence is necessary, I can come. Though I
may not speak1 I may hear and write what I want to say.
“Charity never faileth.”