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ed the true correspondence between the Maker and itself.
Ib was in that religious spirits that I came upon hartal. I wauhed bo abow that in IB nob a knowledge of letters that would give India consciousness of herself, or that would find fchti educated together. The hartal illuminated the wholo of India as if by magic on tb.9-6bb of Aprii, 1919. And bad is nob been for fcbe interruption of the lOah of April brought aboub by Satan whispering fear into the ears of a government) conscious of its own wrong and inciting to anger a people bhab were prepared for ib by ubber distrust of the Government, India would have risen bo an unimaginable heigbb. The hartal had nob only been taken up by the greafe masses of people in a truly religious spirit but it was intended bo be a prelude bo a series of direct actions.
Bub my critic deplores direofe action, For, he says, 11 ib does nob work for unity.' 1 I join issue with him Never has anything been done on this earth wifchoufc direct action. I rejected the word " passive resistance," beoause of its insufficiency and its being interrupted as a weapon of fche #eak, P. was direct action in South Africa which told and bold so uffeotively febau ib converted General Stunts to anity, He was in 1906 ;ho mogfj relentless opponent of Indian aspirations, In 1914 h>j took pride in doing tardy justice by removing from tha Statute Book of tba Union a disgraceful measure which, in 1909 he had told Lord Morley, would be never remov- ed, for he then said South Africa would never tolerate repeal of a measure which was twice passed by the Transvaal Legislature, BUG what is more, direct action sustained for eight years left behind ib nob only no bitter- Dees, bub the very Indiana who pub up such a stubborn