GANDHI'S CHARTER OF FREEDOM
The Working Committee of the Congress (i.e., the Congress Cabinet) at its session at the Ashram in the early part of February, 1930, gave Gandhi his charter of freedom "to start civil disobedience as and when they (i.e., Gandhi and his disciples) desire and in the manner and to the extent they decide." The implications of this blank check which "binds him in the tightest chains" are set forth by Mahatma Gandhi in an illuminating editorial, entitled "Never Faileth," in Young India, February 20, 1930:
'Hate dissolves in the presence of Love! -- Sanskrit Saying.
"In the opinion of the Working Committee civil disobedience should be initiated and controlled by those who believe in non-violence for the purpose of achieving Purna Swaraj as an article of faith; and as the Congress contains in its organization not merely such men and women but also those who accept non-violence as a policy essential in the existing circumstances in the country, the Working Committee welcomes the proposal of Mahatma Gandhi and authorizes him and those working with him, who believe in non-violence as an article of faith to the extent above indicated, to start civil disobedience as and when they desire and in the manner and to the extent they decide.
"The Working Committee trusts that when the cam