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Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi-VOL019

Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi-VOL019

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This are the volumes form the revised - erroneous - version of the CWMG as published on the CD-Rom "Mahatma Gandhi - Interactive Multimedia - Electronic Book" in 1999. Page and volume nos. are not identical with the original print version of the 1960's-1990's. The content of this CWMG version is to be credited as "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (Electronic Book), New Delhi, Publications Division Government of India, 1999, 98 volumes"
Vol 019- September 29, 1919 - March 24, 1920
This are the volumes form the revised - erroneous - version of the CWMG as published on the CD-Rom "Mahatma Gandhi - Interactive Multimedia - Electronic Book" in 1999. Page and volume nos. are not identical with the original print version of the 1960's-1990's. The content of this CWMG version is to be credited as "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (Electronic Book), New Delhi, Publications Division Government of India, 1999, 98 volumes"
Vol 019- September 29, 1919 - March 24, 1920

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LABURNAM ROAD,

GRAMDEVI BOMBAY,

March 18, 1920

DEAR SHRI HAQUE,

Because of my active participation in Congress work last year, I
am being asked that I should take more interest and join this
organization. This demand is from those people with whom I got the
opportunity to work, though I had nothing to do with their organi-
zation. They say that I should join India Home Rule League. I have
told them that at this stage of my life, when l have developed a firm
viewpoint, I can join an oganization only if I can influence their view

1

Gandhiji joined the League and accepted its presidentship on April 28, 1920.

2

The letter has been translated from Hindi. The original letter was in English

which is not available.

VOL. 19 : 29 SEPTEMBER, 1919 - 24 MARCH, 1920

473

point rather than get influenced myself. It does not mean that I do not
have an open mind to accept new ideas. I only want to emphasise the
fact that a fresh idea, with some extraordinary relevance alone can
impress me now. I want to place before my friends, my certain and
firm views on the following subjects.
(1) If we want to build a better nation, the virtue of great
honesty should constitute the polity of the country. Right now, we
have to admit, we are not sure and certain in choosing the right path to
adopt the principle of truth.

(2) Swadeshi should be our goal. It should be demanded from
the members of the council that they take a pledge to save the
cottage-industry, particularly the cloth-industry.

(3) Hindustani, i.e., a blend of Hindi and Urdu, should be
accep-ted as the national language for future use. So, the future
members of the councils will take a pledge that till the use of English
is stopped in correspondence, etc., at the national level, Hindustani
should be used in the Imperial Council and regional languages should
be used in the Provincial Councils. They should resolve that Hindus-
tani would be implemented as the compulsory co-language in middle
schools with freedom to choose either the Devanagari or the Urdu
script. English language will be accepted in the field of administrative
matters, diplo-macy, and international trade.

(4) Whenever a chance presents itself, the principle of re-divi-
sion of provinces on the basis of language should be accepted.

(5) From the political and religious viewpoint, the
quintessence of the Hindu-Muslim unity should be made an article of
unfailing faith. In fact, this will be a viewpoint of mutual help, mutual
tolerance and the feeling of mutual sharing of suffering by all. This
will include the programme of co-operation on the question of
Khilafat, leaving behind the propaganda of unity through the
programmes of inter-caste marriage and inter-dining. During
discussion with my friends, I also told them that I neither want
theapproval of my princi-ple of civil-disobedience nor am I
concerned with any party. But I would like to make the League a
non-party organization which would help all honest persons.
According to me, the League cannot be an anti-Congress organization
but should work in the interest of the Congress as it is doing at

474

THE COLLECTED WORKS OF MAHATMA GANDHI

Keeping in view my capabilities and my helplessness, do you
suggest that I should join Home Rule League?

Yours,

M. K. GANDHI

[From Hindi]

Ashiyana Ki Awaz, pp. 40-41

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