An English correspondent sent Gandhiji a cutting of an article headed 'Cheer Up', printed in Britannia, (15-2-'29). The article contained detailed figures of Britain's conquered people, mercantile marine, her exports, and boasted, "Ours, the greatest mercantile marine ever known, carries more than a million pounds worth of machinery annually to India, from which country British shareholders, creditors and officials draw some thirty million pounds a year!
The correspondent had written the following footnotes :
"If Mr. Blinking Gandhi saw this lot, he'd probably cut his throat on one of his own
On this letter this was Gandhiji's comment:
"I have decided not to cut my throat yet for a while. I want to see the spinning wheel
produce the whole of the billion yards of cloth that 'the greatest mercantile
marine the world has ever known' carries to India from England. Only India has
to wake from her torpor."