Nehru - Toward Freedom (1936).pdf

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I fancied I saw them take the shape of all manner of animals, and sometimes they would join together and look like a mighty ocean. Or they would be like a beach, and the rustling of the breeze through the deodars would sound like the coming in of the tide on a distant sea front. Sometimes a cloud would advance boldly on us, seemingly solid and compact, and then dissolve in mist as it came near and finally enveloped us. I preferred the wide expanse of my barrack to a narrow cell, though it was lonelier than a smaller place would have been. Even when it rained outside, I could walk about in it. But, as it grew colder, its cheerlessness became more marked, and my love for fresh air and the open abated when the temperature hovered about the freezing point. The new year brought a good fall of snow to my delight, and even the drab surroundings of prison became beautiful. Especially beautiful and fairy like were the deodar trees just outside the jail walls with their garment of snow. I was worried by the ups and downs of Kamala's condition, and a piece of bad news would upset me for a while, but the hill air calmed me and soothed me, and I reverted to my habit of sleeping soundly. As I was on the verge of sleep, I often thought what a wonderful and mysterious thing was sleep. Why should one wake up from it? Sup pose I did not wake at all? Yet the desire to be out of jail was strong in me, more than I had ever felt before. The Bombay Congress was over, and November came and went by, and the excitement of the Assembly elections also passed away. I half expected that I might be released soon. But then came the surprising news of the arrest and conviction of Khan Abdul Chafer Khan and the amazing orders passed on Subhas Bose during his brief visit to India. These orders in themselves were devoid of all humanity and consideration; they were applied to one who was held in affection and esteem by vast numbers of his country- 34
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men, and who had hastened home, in spite of his own illness, to the deathbed of his father to arrive too late. If that was the outlook of the Government, there could be no chance of my premature release. Offi cial announcements later made this perfectly clear. After I had been a month in Almora jail I was taken to Bhowali to see Kamala. Since then I have visited her approximately every third week. Sir Samuel Hoare, the Secretary of State for India, has repeatedly stated that I am allowed to visit my wife once or twice a week. He would have been more correct if he had said once or twice a month. During the last three and a half months that I have been at Almora I have paid five visits to her. I do not mention this as a griev ance, because I think that in this matter the Government have been very considerate to me and have given me quite unusual facilities to visit Kamala.
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