India is finding true independence and self-expression through an imperishable Hindu-Muslim unity and through non-violent means, i.e., unadulterated self-sacrifice, can point a way out of the prevailing darkness.
I believe that nothing remains static,
Human nature either goes up or goes down. Let us hope, in India, it
is going up. Otherwise, there is nothing but deluge for India, and,
probably, for the whole world.
I am not thinking of the eternal law
of love, much as I believe in it. If the whole India accepted this,
India will become the unquestioned leader of the whole world. Here I
merely wish to suggest that there should be no surrender except to
I am only hoping and praying and I
want all the friends here and in other parts of the world to hope
and pray with me, that this blood-bath will soon end and out of that
perhaps inevitable butchery will rise a new and robust India not
warlike, basely imitating the West in all its hideousness but a new
India learning the best that the West has to give and becoming the
hope not only of Asia and Africa, but the whole of the aching world.
I must confess that this is hoping
against hope, for, we are today swearing by the military and all
that naked physical force implies. Our statesmen have for over two
generations declaimed against the heavy expenditure on armaments
under the British regime, but now the freedom from political serfdom
has come, our military expenditure has increased and still threatens
to increase and of this we are proud! There is not a voice raised
against it in our legislative chambers. In spite, however of the
madness and the vain imitation of the tinsel of the West, the hope
lingers in me and many others that India shall survive this death
dance and occupy the moral height that should belong to her after
the training however imperfect, in non-violence for an unbroken
period of thirty two years since 1915.
“Will the war weary Asiatic countries
follow in the foot-steps of Japan and turn to militarization?” The
answer lies in what direction India will throw its weight. India is
becoming the laughing stock of the world. The world asks, where is
your non-violence with which you have won your independence? I have
to hang down my head in shame. Will a free India present to the
world a lesson of peace or of hatred and violence, of which the
world a lesson of peace or of halted and violence, of which the
world is already sick unto the death.