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Letters of Mahatma Gandhi

Letters of Mahatma Gandhi

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July 4, 1935


I have your letter. Your letters to me are love letters, each time I
suppose not less than an hour’s effort even for you—a ready and fast
writer. Now that we know each other so well, you can certainly save
your time by writing only when you must. Though I treasure your
long letters, I would be satisfied with a mere postcard telling me of
important events.

You have your work cut out for you at Poona. Are you coming
to Wardha on your way to Poona or on your way back or both ways?
The weather is much cooler just now.
I have shared your letter with Kumarappa1

. If you can establish
contact with rickshaw-pullers, it would be a great thing. They can
easily spin, weave and add to their meagre earnings.
I am sorry Krishnarao is leaving you. Of course, ultimately you
will have to rely upon yourself. Though your arms may not be strong
enough to work at the bow, it is good that you will know the process
of carding. That would enable you to regulate and control carding by
others. If your girls learn spinning, you will insist upon their carding.
Unless they do, they will never spin regularly. And it is a bad job to


J. C. Kumarappa, Secretary of the All-India Village Industries’ Association

founded in October 1934

VOL. 67: 25 APRIL, 1935- 22 SEPTEMBER, 1935


depend upon others for slivers. If they form a kind of spinning-club,
they can have a division of labour. Some may gin, some others may
do the carding, many can make slivers and all will spin.
The clothes you have for Quetta relief, may be sent to Dr.


for the refugees in the Punjab, unless of course there are
refugees in Simla itself, in which case you can distribute your clothes
among them. Only I fancy that in Simla you will have the most well-
to-do refugees, whereas in Lahore the poorest must have congregated.
I shall hold on the money. It can be sent where they have spent
what is being collected now. There is always in such calamities an
ample fund in the beginning stages.
You need not get out of your ‘Ville’ to sell those paper sheets
and envelopes I have sent you. I am in no hurry to have the price of
them. And ultimately even if they could not be sold there, there would
not be any difficulty in selling them here, without any loss. I know we
cannot make the profits that you can, but you must not give undue
labour to their sale.

The slivers I have sent you, should give you at least 25 counts, as
they are capable of giving 30 counts.
Please hand over the enclosed letter to Andrews.



From the original: C.W. 3539. Courtesy: Amrit Kaur. Also G.N. 6348

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