Q. There is a movement for reducing the share of the owner from half to one-third of the agricultural produce. What is your opinion about this?
Gandhiji welcomed the move for the reduction of the landlord's share
from half to one-third. He thought the move was substantial. The
land belonged to the Lord of us all and therefore to the worker on
it. But till that ideal state of things came about, the movement
towards the reduction of the landlord's portion was in the right
But he warned the movers against the use of compulsion or violence.
He could have no part or share in violence. It was a reform to be
brought about only by the cultivation of healthy public opinion. The
reformers must have patience. He believed implicitly in the
aphorism: 'As the end so the means.' In his opinion it was
pernicious to hold that so long as the end was good, any means,
however violent or unjust, were justified. Many movements had come
to grief by reliance on doubtful means.