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#215 - Mohandas Gandhi

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“You will,” writes Gandhi on the brink of Indian independence, “fully share in this freedom, only to breathe the air of freedom with your countrymen”

Rare handwritten notes in English, unsigned, one page, 5.25 x 6.75. Gandhi’s notes penned on the reverse of a letter sent to him by a Western follower, dated March 10, 1946. In part: “Our India will have need of you. You have had your training. You will give India the benefit of that training. It would be sad only if after the trials and suffering that our soldiers have been through, they forget the lessons of their eyes, the moment the peril is lifted. But one thing you should remember, under remunerations and national Govt, you won't be pampered. You won't have all those lavish privileges which a foreign Govt. bribe you with at the expense of India. India is destitute. You can serve her only by showing her destitution and poverty. Otherwise you will earn not the gratitude but the execration of your country…You will, I know, fully share in this freedom, only to breathe the air of freedom with your countrymen.” In fine condition.

After four decades of struggle for independence, a group of British cabinet ministers finally arrived in New Delhi in March of 1946 to begin negotiating a plan for the transition of power from Great Britain to an Indian coalition government. These remarkable notes weave together the events of the past—“the trials and suffering that our soldiers have been through”—with the hard facts of the future, in which India will need the experience of all its citizens to survive. With no foreign government to support the destitute nation, Gandhi admits that the road ahead will be difficult, but reinforces that the achievement of breathing “the air of freedom with your countrymen” will be a reality worth fighting for. An inspiring and highly desirable page of handwritten notes from this crucial turning point in Indian history. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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