Expose Wrong doing
From my earliest childhood I had
learnt to dislike the wrong, never the wrong-doer. Therefore, even
if the Muslims have done any wrong, they still remain my friends,
but it is my duty to tell them that they have done wrong. I have
always applied that rule in life with regard to my nearest and
dearest. I hold this to be the test of true friendship.
I never said or did anything to please
others. I have always taught that one should do one’s duty
irrespective of the reaction it may have no others. A man who always
does what he believes to be right never fears anyone.
As a Satyagrahi, I stand by truth and
it will be wrong on my part to hide suspicion or simply nurse a
grievance in my heart. I cannot serve the Hindus and the Muslims of
Bengal without the Chief Ministers help, and I hope this will not be
withheld. In the same way, I will not put my Ahimsa in my pocket and
not advise the true path of the Hindus and the Sikhs in the Punjab
if I am to be their friend.
Why this Secrecy?
I confess that the question (why, when
mutual slaughter between brother and brother is going on, should the
names of the respective communities be withheld?) has often occurred
to me. There seems to me to be no reason for this hush-hush policy
save that it is a legacy from the autocracy which, let us hope, the
national government have displaced. Those who ought not to know who
stabs whom. And those who should know are kept in the dark. I am
sure that there are many Hindus and Muslims, and even members of
other communities, taking pride in being Indians first and last
without ceasing to be devoted followers of their own religions and
who love to do their best to dissuade blind fanatics from making
mischief. I know many such. They have no means of ascertaining facts
expect through the Press. Let darkness be exposed to light. It will
be dispelled quicker.
How I wish that all those who call
themselves the sons of the soil will think well and act bravely a
very difficult performance at the moment when newspapers give
gruesome details about senseless arson and murder.
It is unfortunate that the Interim
Government has inherited a bad tradition and , therefore, we do not
know who killed whom. It was a the dead of “the members of a certain
Duty of Newspapers
I am sorry that there is poison
administered to the public by some newspapers. Newspapers today have
almost replaced the Bible, the Koran, the Gita and the other
religious scriptures. It is wrong but the fact has to be faced. Such
being the case, I hold it to be the duty of news paper men to give
nothing but facts to their readers.
I have a suggestion to make to the
Dawn and All the newspaper, whatever their hue, that they should
avoid all exaggeration. In order to give effect to the suggestion,
they should appoint a Joint Board to which all reports about
communal trouble would be submitted and even passed on to
responsible ministers and, when necessary, given publicity. My
suggestion can find favour only if the editors realize their duty to
the public and are anxious that a peremptory stop should be put to
all communalism. Division having become settled fact, it is surely
time that the country is allowed to settle down to the constructive
work of feeding and clothing the ill-fed and ill-clad millions. the
editors have a weighty part to play in the noble task. To foment
trouble is ignoble.