Nehru - Toward Freedom (1936).pdf

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The door was hardly ever fully opened. Apparently the warders had instructions not to open it if I was anywhere near and, even when they opened it, to do so just 327
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a little. These brief glimpses of greenery and freshness were hardly welcome to me. That sight produced in me a kind of nostalgia, a heart ache, and I would even avoid looking out when the door opened. But all this unhappiness was not really the fault of the jail, though it contributed to it. It was the reaction of outside events Kamala's illness and my political worries. I was beginning to realize that Kamala was again in the grip of her old disease, and I felt helpless and unable to be of any service to her. I knew that my presence by her side would have made a difference. Unlike Alipore, Dehra Dun Jail allowed me a daily newspaper, and I could keep in touch with political and other developments outside. In Patna the All-India Congress Committee met after nearly three years (for most of this time it had been unlawful), and its proceedings were depressing. It surprised me that no attempt was made at this first meeting, after so much that had happened in India and the world, to analyze the situation, to have full discussions, to try to get out of old ruts. Gandhiji seemed to be, from a distance, his old dictatorial self "If you choose to follow my lead, you have to accept my conditions," he said. He told the All-India Congress Committee to be businesslike and to adopt the resolutions placed before them by the Working Com mittee with speed, and then he went away. It is probably true that prolonged discussions would not have im proved matters. Two groups took shape: one desiring purely constitu tional activities through the legislatures, the other thinking rather vaguely along socialistic lines. The majority of the members belonged to neither of these groups. They disliked a reversion to constitutional ism, and at the same time socialism frightened them a little and seemed to them to introduce an element which might split their ranks. They had no constructive ideas, and the one hope and sheet anchor they possessed was Gandhiji. As of old, they turned to him and followed his lead, even though many of them did not wholly approve of what he said. Gandhij i's support of the moderate constitutional elements gave them dominance in the Committee and the Congress. The reaction took the Congress further back than I had thought. At no time during the last fifteen years, ever since the advent of nonco- operation, had Congress leaders talked in this ultraconstitutional fashion. The proscription of the Congress was ended by the Government, and it became a legal organization. But many of its associated and sub sidiary bodies continued to be illegal, such as its volunteer department, 328
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the Seva Dal, as also a number of \isan sabhas, which were semi- independent peasant unions, and several educational institutions and youth leagues, including a children's organization.
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  • Alan Kolata

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