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gandhi_collected works vol 42

gandhi_collected works vol 42

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VOL. 42: 2 MAY, 1928 - 9 SEPTEMBER, 1928
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1. LETTER TO ABBAS TYABJI 
S
ATYAGRAHA
A
SHRAM
,S
ABARMATI
,
 May 2, 1928
MY DEAR BHRRR,
You were right in your surmise about absence of any letter fromme.
1
God is great and good and even merciful.I am following the events in Bardoli. Every word of what yousay is well deserved by Vallabhbhai. Don’t flatter yourself with thebelief that if the Government invite you as their guest, they will houseyou at Sabarmati. The Ashram is too near for the Sabarmati guesthouse.
2
Yours sincerely,
M. K. G
ANDHIFrom a photostat: S.N. 9563
2. NECESSITY OF DISCIPLINE 
Some workers in the Khadi Service write :
3
Here there is an obvious confusion of ideals. Distorted notionsof superiority and inferiority have given rise to indiscipline in al-most all the national organizations. Many people think that to abolishdistinctions of rank means passport to anarchy and licence. Whereasthe meaning of abolition of distinctions should be perfectdiscipline,—perfect because of voluntary obedience to the laws of theorganization to which we may belong, i.e., the laws of our being. Forman is himself a wonderful organization and what applies to himapplies to the social or political organizations of which he may be amember. And even as though the different members of the body are
1
Following the death of Maganlal Gandhi, Gandhiji had not sent any letter tothe addressee.
2
Abbas Tyabji who was at the time assisting Vallabhbhai Patel in the Bardolistruggle had, while giving an account of the arrest and trial of Ravishanker,mentioned the possibility of his own arrest.
3
The letter is not reproduced here. The workers had complained that thoughthey were required to attend Khadi Office punctually the Secretary himself was notpunctual. They had asked: “. . . Why should this inferiority and superiority prevailamong workers in the same field?”
 
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THE COLLECTED WORKS OF MAHATMA GANDHI
not inferior to any, they are voluntarily subject to the control of themind, whilst the body is in a healthy state, so have the members of anorganization, whilst none is superior or inferior to any other, to bevoluntarily subject to the mind of the organization which is the head.An organization which has no directing mind or which has nomembers co-operating with the mind suffers from paralysis and is in adying condition.The correspondents who have signed the letter I havereproduced to not realize that if they do not accept the elementarydiscipline involved in giving regular attendance, that Khadi Office of which they are members cannot work profitably to its purpose, i.e.,service of 
 Daridranarayana
. Let them realize that the voluntarydiscipline of a khadi office should be much stricter than thecompulsory discipline of a Government office. If the chief of theKhadi Office concerned does not attend always in time, it is highlylikely that he is engaged in khadi work even when he is not at hisoffice. For whilst the staff has fairly regular hours the chief has nohours of receration. If he is honest and realizes the responsibilities of his high office, he has to work day and night in order to make khadiwhat it should be. It is one thing to come into a going concern, totallyanother to enter a newly-formed organization intended to be thelargest of its kind in the world. Such an organization requires thevigilant, intelligent and honest watch not of one worker but of thousands. These workers have to come into being by belonging tothe existing organizations and imposing on themselves the hardestdiscipline of which they way be capable.
Young India
, 3-5-1928
3. THANKS
Friends from far and near have overwhelmed me with their kindmessages in what has been to me the greatest trial of my life. It wasfoolish of me but it is nevertheless true that I had never contemplatedMaganlal Gandhi’s death before mine. The cables, telegrams andletters I have received from individuals, associations and CongressCommittees have been a great solace to me. The senders will forgiveme for not making personal acknowledgments. I assure them all that Ishall try to become worthy of the affection they have bestowed uponme and of the silent devotion with which Maganlal Gandhi served theideals he held in common with me.
M. K. G.
Young India
, 3-5-1928
 
VOL. 42: 2 MAY, 1928 - 9 SEPTEMBER, 1928
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4. LETTER TO VIRUMAL BEGRAJ 
T
HE
A
SHRAM
,S
ABARMATI
,
 May 4, 1928
DEAR FRIEND,
I have your letter. You do not want me to answer your questionsas a lawyer; for my law may not be accepted. But as a layman, it seemsto me that neither the Bava nor his widow nor the Brahmin in theother case have any right to the properties mentioned by you and heldunder the circumstances described by you.
Yours sincerely,
S
JT
. V
IRUMAL
H
EGRAJ
“S
INDHI
” O
FFICE
S
UKKURFrom a microfilm: S.N. 13214
5. LETTER TO P. T. PILLAY 
T
HE
A
SHRAM
,S
ABARMATI
,
 May 4, 1928
DEAR FRIEND,
I do not consider the burning of 
 Manusmriti
to be on a par withthe buring of foreign cloth. Burning of foreign cloth is like burning athing that is injurious; but the burning of 
 Manusmriti
is at best like theburning of an advertisement for foreign cloth showing nothing butchildish rage. Moreover, I do not regard
 Manusmriti
as an evil. Itcontains much that is admirable, but in its present form it undoubtedlycontains many things that are bad and these appear to beinterpolations. Whilst a reformer would therefore treasure all excellentthings in that ancient code, he would expurgate all that is injurious orof doubtful value.If we are to attain swaraj by effort from within, I do considerremoval of untouchability like achieving Hindu-Muslim unity as acondition precedent to the attainment of swaraj. But when the Englishrulers resist the demand for swaraj because we have not attained fullyremoval of untouchability, I rgeard their resistance as hypocritical andillegitimate.
Yours sincerely
,
S
JT
. P. T
IRUKOOTASUNDARAM
P
ILLAY
S
INDUPPONDURAI
T
INNEVELLYFrom a microfilm: S.N. 13211

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