VOL. 25 : 27 OCTOBER, 1921 - 22 JANUARY, 1922
The prosecution of the Brothers and their companions and theManifesto
have reached the barracks, and soldiers are inquiring howthey can support themselves if they leave. One correspondent asks ontheir behalf as to what would happen to them under swaraj. As for thefirst, the Working Committee has shown them the way. Every soldiercan easily become a weaver and carder. Carding requires strength of arm which every soldier must have. And a carder in Bombay earnsanything between two to three rupees per day. Many weavers of thePunjab have left the handloom for the sword of the hireling. Iconsider the former to be infinitely preferable to the latter. I refuse tocall the profession of the sepoy honourable when he has no choice asto the time when and the persons or people against whom he is calledupon to use his sword. The sepoy’s services have more often beenutilized for enslaving us than for protecting us, whereas the weavertoday can truly become the liberator of his country and hence a truesoldier.A friend has suggested, that agriculture should also be added toweaving and carding advised by the Congress. It cannot be as animmediate measure, because, agriculture cannot be taken up with ease,and it requires a capital outlay which renders it impracticable for ourpurpose.What will happen during swaraj is easily answered. The soldierswill not then be hirelings, but they will form the national militia fordefensive and protective purposes alone. They will have a voice in themoulding of the affairs of the nation. And they will certainly never besent to cut down inoffensive Turks or Arabs in the West or equallyinoffensive Chinese or Burmese in the East.
Babu Bhagwandas who has been closely following themovement has sent in the following learned note
in defence of Mr.Tyagi.The reader will note that I made some amends last week as soonas I saw Mr. Tyagi’s statement.
I considered the caution to be
On the Karachi Resolution;
”A Manifesto’, 24-10-1921.
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Notes”, 20-10-1921, under the sub-titles”A Magistrate’s Apology”,and”Accused’s Statement”.