Nehru - Toward Freedom (1936).pdf

I was attracted in those early years to mr gokhales

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I was attracted in those early years to Mr. Gokhale's Servants of India Society. I never thought of joining it, partly because its politics were too moderate for me, and partly because I had no intention then of giving up my profession. But I had a great admiration for the members of the society, who had devoted themselves for a bare pit tance to the country's service. Here at least, I thought, was straight and single-minded and continuous work even though this might not be on wholly right lines. The World War absorbed our attention. It was far off and did not at first affect our lives much, and India never felt the full horror of it. Politics petered out and sank into insignificance. The Defense of India Act (the equivalent of the British Defense of the Realm Act) held the country in its grip. From the second year onward news of conspiracies and shootings came to us, and of press-gang methods to enroll recruits in the Punjab. There was little sympathy with the British in spite of loud profes sions of loyalty. Moderate and Extremists alike learned with satisfac tion of German victories. There was no love for Germany, of course, only the desire to see our own rulers humbled. It was the weak and helpless man's idea of vicarious revenge. I suppose most of us viewed
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the struggle with mixed feelings. Of all the nations involved my sympathies were probably most with France. The ceaseless and unabashed propaganda on behalf of the Allies had some effect, although we tried to discount it greatly. Gradually political life grew again. Lokamanya Tilak came out of prison, and home rule leagues were started by him and Mrs. Besant. I joined both, but I worked especially for Mrs. Besant's league. Mrs. Besant began to play an ever-increasing part in Indian politics. The annual sessions of the Congress became a little more exciting and the Moslem League began to march with the Congress. The atmosphere became electric, and most of us young men felt exhilarated and expected big things in the near future. Mrs. Besant's internment added greatly to the excitement of the intelligentsia and vitalized the home rule movement all over the country. It stirred even the older genera tion, including many of the Moderate leaders. The home rule leagues were attracting not only all the old Extremists who had been kept out of the Congress since 1907 but large numbers of newcomers from the middle classes. They did not touch the masses. Mrs. Besant's internment also resulted in my father and other Mod erate leaders joining the Home Rule League. Some months later most of these Moderate members resigned from the league. My father re mained in it and became the president of the Allahabad branch. Gradually my father had been drifting away from the orthodox Moderate position.
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