MY DEAR CHARLIE,
You have written to me more or less regularly but owing to your wanderings,
I have not known where to write. Your latest has given me a deliberate
address. I hope therefore this will reach you safely wherever you
I have read your article in the New Republic. I am not taking it in
Y.I. It is therefore being sent to Brelvi as you have desired.
The events have moved fairly fast. I see as clearly as never before
that the spirit of violence must be dealt with by non-violent action
if the situation is to be at all saved. There is the growing violence
of the Government expressing itself in a variety of ways—the
subtle exploitation and the necessary prosecutions as a consequence
of that exploitation for instance. You will note the extended meaning
I have given to violence. Greed, pilfering, untruth, crooked diplomacy—all
these are phases or signs or results of violent thought and action.
The reaction of this violence upon the thinking educated people is
remarkable and daily growing. I have therefore to deal with this double
violence. To sit still at this juncture is stupid if not cowardly.
I have made up my mind to run the boldest risks. I have arrived at
this definite conclusion as a result of deep and prayerful thinking.
Lahore revealed it all to me. The nature of the action is not yet
clear to me. It has to be civil disobedience. How it is to be undertaken
and by whom besides me I have not yet seen quite clearly. But the
shiny cover that over-lays the truth is thinning day by day and will
I hardly wanted to write this when I begin this letter. But there
Guruedev passed delightful two hours with me. He has aged considerably.
We came nearer each other this time and I was so thankful. We had
fully intended to meet again but Bomanji suddenly took him away to
Manilal and his wife and baby are here. Ramdas has already. He is
in Bardoli assisting Vallabhbhai's work. Mahadev is just now here.
We did not get your first volume from the publishers. I asked the
Young India people to purchase a copy. It is on my desk at present.
I have read the first chapter. It is a fair representation of my religious