Gandhi Versus the Empire

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CHAPTER XXVIII
ENVOI

"Over the carnage rose prophetic a voice,
"'Be not dishearten'd, affection shall solve the
problem of freedom yet'
.

. . . . . . . .

"Were you looking to be held together by lawyers?
"Or by an agreement on a Paper? Or by arms?
"Nay, nor the world nor any living thing will so cohere."

These prophetic words of Walt Whitman are being today actually embodied into a concrete program of action by the people of India under the prophetic and saintly guidance of Mahatma Gandhi. Law courts, compromises and arms are severely discountenanced and the pathway of affection--of love force--is trodden to reach the journey's end.

The fulfilment of Walt Whitman's prophecy is near at hand. In a most unexpected manner the seeds sown by the Fathers of the American Revolution are bearing fruit in a far-off land. Christian ministers have been devoting their attention to the most glorious revolution of all times that is today being carried on in India by Gandhi and his people. The teachings of Jesus the Christ derive added significance from the way of life pointed out by Gandhi the Mahatma. The Satyagraha Movement of Gandhi is what it literally means: a movement that enjoins insistence upon Truth. Designated by various names, the Satyagraha Movement adheres strictly to Truth and its correlate, Ahimsa (Non-Violence: Love): as such it is

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