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Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi-VOL011

Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi-VOL011

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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 011-April 11, 1910 - July 12, 1911
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 011-April 11, 1910 - July 12, 1911

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JOHANNESBURG,

November 19, 1910

It will not be possible for us to participate in the celebrations the
whites are going to hold in honour of H. R. H. the Duke of
Connaught on the occasion of his visit to Johannesburg, nor will it be
possible to honour him in view of the troubles we are having, such as
failure [on the part of the Government] to bring about a reasonable
solution of the satyagraha struggle; harassment of satyagrahis in gaols
through extremely unjust treatment; satyagrahi prisoners having to
undertake complete fasts to secure the grant of reasonable demands
even for things like ghee; depriving minors of the right to register on
reaching the age of 16; and the war on women like Mrs. Rambhabai
Sodha, whose case is going to be taken up next week. We can give up
our struggle only after our demands are satisfied. We would give up
our fight if the new immigration law was going to put an end to our
grievances. But if under the Union Government that has come into

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This meeting was held on November 19, 1910 to consider the presentation
of an address to the Duke of Connaught then visiting the Transvaal. Being prevented
by illness from attending, Gandhiji sent this message to be read out to the meeting.

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being the new Act applies to all the colonies, and consequently our
brethren there are adversely affected and have to take recourse to
satyagraha, we shall have to contribute our utmost to it. But we cannot
continue the present struggle on account of these grievances. The
Cape Indians did not intend to present an address to H. R. H. the
Duke, but, as one was ready, it was sent by post; and, as far as I know,
the Natal Indians are presenting none. Under these circumstances, we
cannot participate even in the celebrations. And, how can we present
an address? We can write a letter to express our loyalty and have done
with it. If Mrs. Rambhabai Sodha is sent to jail, we should come
forward to fill the jails, and if possible, close our shops, hold meetings
and pass resolutions to protest against the injustice.

[From Gujarati]

Indian Opinion, 26-11-1910

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