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gandhi_collected works vol 98

gandhi_collected works vol 98

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06/25/2014

January 2, 1948

Man today is afraid of man, afraid of his neighbour. How can I
then talk about national issues? We deliberately bring suffering on
ourselves, deceive ourselves. No one can harm another. In my view
man is himself the cause of his sufferings. This city which is the
metropolis of the country has the appearance of a dead city. No one
trusts anyone. Such peace as one finds is to be attributed to the fear of
the police. Why is it that the freedom achieved through non-violence
is sought to be sustained by violence? I have been searching my heart.
I find despair there. Maybe it was the will of God that I should witness
this day. Now I have to do or die. Let us see how much I have yet to
overcome to reach the state of sthitaprajna. I thank God that he woke
me up at last.

Manu is seriously ill. The girl has tremendous energy but she
has become weak in the body. I admit that I have treated her harshly
and this is the result of that. After all how much can her poor body
bear? I have extracted much physical work from her and even more
mental work. But I have the satisfaction that she has lost nothing. I
have trained her well. If only I could bring her back to health now!
She is careless about her health. She forgets everything in serving me.
You should not worry. I am much concerned about her health.
Typhoid is suspected.

How are you all? The situation in Bihar is difficult, but the fate
of Delhi today will be the fate of the country....1

[From Hindi]

Dilhiman Gandhiji—II, pp. 211-2

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Omission as in the source

VOL. 98: 6 DECEMBER, 1947 - 30 JANUARY, 1948

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