Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

leader of India during the Indian independence movement, 1869-1948

Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. On 30 January 1948, a Hindu nationalist, assassinated Gandhi on 30 January 1948 by firing three bullets into his chest at point-blank range. Indians widely describe Gandhi as the father of the nation. His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and world-wide as the International Day of Nonviolence.

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Gandhi, Mohandas Karamchand

Führer der indischen Unabhängigkeitsbewegung (1869-1948). Autograph letter draft. O. O. 1 S. 8vo.
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Written on the reverse side of a portion of a 1946 letter written to Gandhi from a young Western follower, George Mammen. Gandhi's has penned some closely-written notes - clearly a draft for a letter. He writes, in fountain pen ink: "Our India will have need of you. You have had your training. You will give India the benefit of that training. It would be sad only if after the trials and suffering ["of war" struck out] that our soldiers have been through, they forget the lessons of their eyes, the moment the peril is lifted.

But one thing you should remember, under remunerations and national Govt, you won't be pampered. You won't have all those lavish privileges which a foreign Govt. bribe you with at the expense of India. India is destitute. You can serve her only by showing her destitution and poverty. Otherwise you will earn not the gratitude but the execration of your country. [Now writing at the top of the page:] You will, I know, fully share in this freedom, only to breathe the air of freedom with your countrymen". - Somewhat wrinkled and dust-soiled; small pinhead-sized holes on top..

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