Nehru - Toward Freedom (1936).pdf

I was presented with an address by the municipality

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I was presented with an address by the municipality, and then we left by car for Allahabad, stopping at various places en route to address some peasant gatherings. We reached Allahabad on the night of the i8th. The morning of the igth brought yet another order under Section 144 for me! The Government was evidently hot on my trail, and my
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hours were numbered. I was anxious to attend the %isan conference before my rearrest. We called this conference a private one of delegates only, and so it was, and did not allow outsiders to come in. It was very representative of Allahabad district, and, as far as I remember, about sixteen hundred delegates were present. The conference decided very enthusiastically to start the no-tax campaign in the district. There was some hesitation among our principal workers, some doubt about the success of such a venture, for the influence and the power of the big zamindars to terrorize, backed as this was by the Government, was very great, and they wondered if the peasantry would be able to with stand this. But there was no hesitation or doubt in the minds of the sixteen hundred and odd peasants of all degrees who were present or at any rate it was not apparent. I was one of the speakers at the con ference. I do not know if thereby I committed a breach of the Section 144 order which had forbidden me from speaking in public. I then went to the station to receive my father and the rest of the family. The train was late, and, immediately after their arrival, I left them to attend a public meeting, a joint affair of the peasants, who had come from the surrounding villages, and the townspeople. Kamala and I were returning from this meeting, thoroughly tired out, after 8 P.M. I was looking forward to a talk with father, and I knew that he was waiting for me, for we had hardly spoken to each other since his return. On our way back our car was stopped almost in sight of our house, and I was arrested and carried off across the River Jumna to my old quarters in Naini. Kamala went on, alone, to Anand Bhawan to inform the waiting family of this new development; and, at the stroke of nine, I re-entered the great gate of Naini Prison. After eight days' absence I was back again in Naini, and I rejoined Syed Mahmud, Narmada Prasad, and Ran jit Pandit in the same old barrack. Some days afterward I was tried in prison on a number of charges, all based on various parts of that one speech I had delivered at Allahabad, the day after my discharge. As usual with us, I did not defend myself, but made a brief statement in court. I was sentenced for sedition under Section I24A to eighteen months' rigorous imprison ment and a fine of five hundred rupees; under the Salt Act of 1882 to six months and a fine of one hundred rupees; and under Ordinance VI of 1930 (I forget what this ordinance was about) also to six months and a fine of one hundred rupees.
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