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uncomfortable enemy because his body, which you can always conquer, gives you so little purchase upon his soul. (Hibbert Journal).


Recently your compatriots in South Africa have taken matters into their own hands, by organising what is called passive resistance to laws which they consider invidious, and unjust, an opinion which we who watch their struggles from afar cannot but share. They have violated, as they intended to violate, those laws, with full knowledge of the penalties involved and ready with all courage and patience to endure those penalties. In all this they have the sympathy of India—deep and burning—and not only of India, but of all those who, like myself, without being Indians themselves, have feelings of sympathy for the people of this country. (Speech at Madras, December, 1913.)


Mr. Gandhi has been denounced in this country, even by responsible persons, as an ordinary agitator; there have not even been wanting suggestions that his motives are those of self-interest and pecuniary profits.

A perusal of these pages (Doke’s Gandhi)[1] ought to dispel any such notions from the mind of any fair man who has been misled into entertaining them. And with a better knowledge of the man, there must come a better knowledge of the matter.


I have no more earnest hope than that Mr. Gandhi and his fellow-countrymen may see the accomplishment of that end, for which they have struggled so bravely and sacrificed so much, before this book is published. (From the Introduction to Rev. Mr. Doke’s book "An Indian Patriot in South Africa".)


I frankly confess, though it deeply grieves me to say it, that I see in Mr. Gandhi, the patient sufferer for the cause of righteousness and mercy, a truer representative of the Crucifled Saviour. than the men who have thrown him into prison and yet call themselves by the name of Christ. (Loud applause.) (Speech at the Y. M. C. A. Auditorium, December, 1913).

  1. M. K. Gandhi: An Indian Patriot in South Africa. By Rev. Joseph Doke; with an Introduction by Lord Amntbill. Price Re. 1. G. A. Natesan & Co., Madras.