YOU MAY say I am partial to the Musalmans. So be it, though the Musalmans do not admit it. But my religion will not suffer by even an iota, by reason of my partiality. I shall have to answer my God and my Maker if I give and one less than his due, But I am sure that He will bless me if He knows that I gave some one more than his due. I ask you to understand me.
If my hand or heart has done anything
more than was any one’s due, you should be proud of it, rather than
deplore it. It should be a matter of pride to you as Hindus to think
that there was amongst you at least one man Gandhi who was not only
just to the Musalmans, but even went out of his way in giving them
more than their due. Hinduism is replete with instances of
tolerance, sacrifice and forgiveness. Think of the sacrifice of the
Pandavas, think of the forgiveness of Yudhihthira. Should it be a
matter of sorrow for you that there is at least one man who has
tried to carry out the precept of Hinduism to the latter?
I would not sell my soul to buy
India’s freedom. And if I want Muslim friendship, it is not for
personal gratification but for India’s sake.
I consider myself as good a Muslim as
I am a Hindu and for that matter I regard myself an equally good
Christian or Parsi. That such a claim will be rejected, and on some
occasions was rejected, I know. This however, does not affect my
The Muslims look upon me as their
arch-enemy and the Hindus accuse me of partiality for the Muslims.
My advice to the Hindus to be honorable and just to the Muslims in
the Union of India, irrespective of what is done in Pakistan, is
also looked upon in that light. I do not plead guilty to the charge.
I am believed to be the arch –enemy of
Islam and Indian Muslims. If was at one time acclaimed as their
greatest friend and suffered the praise, must suffer, too, to be
described as an enemy. Truth is known only to God. I am confident
that in nothing that I am doing, saying or thinking, I am their
enemy. They are blood-brothers and will remain so, though they may
disown me ever so much.