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Freedom's Battle Being a Comprehensive Collection of Writings and Speeches on the Present Situation   By: (1869-1948)

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[Transcriber's Note: The inconsistent spelling of the original has been preserved in this etext.]

FREEDOM'S BATTLE

BEING A COMPREHENSIVE COLLECTION OF WRITINGS AND SPEECHES ON THE PRESENT SITUATION

BY MAHATMA GANDHI

Second Edition

1922

The Publishers express their indebtedness to the Editor and Publisher of the "Young India" for allowing the free use of the articles appeared in that journal under the name of Mahatma Gandhi, and also to Mr. C. Rajagopalachar for the valuable introduction and help rendered in bringing out the book.

CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION

II. THE KHILAFAT

Why I have joined the Khilafat Movement

The Turkish Treaty

Turkish Peace Terms

The Suzerainty over Arabia

Further Questions Answered

Mr. Candler's Open Letter

In process of keeping

Appeal to the Viceroy

The Premier's reply

The Muslim Representation

Criticism of the Manifesto

The Mahomedan Decision

Mr. Andrew's Difficulty

The Khilafat Agitation

Hijarat and its Meaning

III. THE PUNJAB WRONGS

Political Freemasonry

The Duty of the Punjabec

General Dyer

The Punjab Sentences

IV. SWARAJ

Swaraj in one year

British Rule an evil

A movement of purification

Why was India lost

Swaraj my ideal

On the wrong track

The Congress Constitution

Swaraj in nine months

The Attainment of Swaraj

V. HINDU MOSLEM UNITY

The Hindus and the Mahomedans

Hindu Mahomedan unity

Hindu Muslim unity

VI. TREATMENT OF THE DEPRESSED CLASSES

Depressed Classes

Amelioration of the depressed classes

The Sin of Untouchability

VII. TREATMENT OF INDIANS ABROAD

Indians abroad

Indians overseas

Pariahs of the Empire

VIII. NON CO OPERATION

Non co operation

Mr. Montagu on the Khilafat Agitation

At the call of the country

Non co operation explained

Religious Authority for non co operation

The inwardness of non co operation

A missionary on non co operation

How to work non co operation

Speech at Madras

" Trichinopoly

" Calicut

" Mangalore

" Bexwada

The Congress

Who is disloyal

Crusade against non co operation

Speech at Muxafarbail

Ridicule replacing Repression

The Viceregal pronouncement

From Ridicule to ?

To every Englishman In India

One step enough for me

The need for humility

Some Questions Answered

Pledges broken

More Objections answered

Mr. Pennington's Objections Answered

Some doubts

Rejoinder

Two Englishmen Reply

Letter to the Viceroy Renunciation of Medals

Letter to H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught

The Greatest thing

Mahatma Gandhi's Statement

IX. WRITTEN STATEMENT

Index

I. INTRODUCTION

After the great war it is difficult, to point out a single nation that is happy; but this has come out of the war, that there is not a single nation outside India, that is not either free or striving to be free.

It is said that we, too, are on the road to freedom, that it is better to be on the certain though slow course of gradual unfoldment of freedom than to take the troubled and dangerous path of revolution whether peaceful or violent, and that the new Reforms are a half way house to freedom.

The new constitution granted to India keeps all the military forces, both in the direction and in the financial control, entirely outside the scope of responsibility to the people of India. What does this mean? It means that the revenues of India are spent away on what the nation does not want. But after the mid Eastern complications and the fresh Asiatic additions to British Imperial spheres of action. This Indian military servitude is a clear danger to national interests.

The new constitution gives no scope for retrenchment and therefore no scope for measures of social reform except by fresh taxation, the heavy burden of which on the poor will outweigh all the advantages of any reforms. It maintains all the existing foreign services, and the cost of the administrative machinery high as it already is, is further increased... Continue reading book >>




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