“Yours sinc’ly, M. K. Gandhi" —a rare signed 1930 circular from The Bombay Congress Bulletin
Mimeographed circular for The Bombay Congress Bulletin, issue No. 196, one page, both sides, 8.25 x 13, December 12, 1930, signed in the upper right corner, “Yours sincerely, M. K. Gandhi.” A revolutionary leaflet circulated by Gandhi and his followers, the bulletin is headed with the mantras ‘Freedom be thou my soul’ and ‘Sedition be my song,’ and includes four articles with the following titles: ‘Majesty of Law Means Living Death to Man,’ ‘The Whiteman’s Law,’ ‘Preaching Versus Practice,’ and ‘What the ‘Truthful’ Times of India Says?’ Published by H. C. Zaveri for the Satyagraha Committee. In fine condition, with light wear along the bottom edge.
A publication associated with the Indian National Congress (INC), the Bombay Congress Bulletin was published during the time of the Indian independence movement and served as a platform for the INC to disseminate information, news, and updates related to the party's activities, policies, and the broader struggle for independence. The INC played a significant role in India's struggle for autonomy, and its leaders, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, were instrumental in shaping the course of Indian history.
Gandhi adopted his famous methodology of 'Satyagraha,' or nonviolent protest, while living in South Africa in the early 1900s. The concept would become critical to his later fight for Indian independence, and in the spring of 1930, he led the Dandi Salt March as a direct action campaign of tax resistance and nonviolent protest against the British salt monopoly. The success of the Salt March demonstrated the effectiveness of non-violence and gave impetus to the movement for independence as a whole.
Accompanied by its original sales folder and information sheet from Thomas F. Madigan (1890-1936), a pioneering autograph dealer in New York City, who wrote the classic book Word Shadows of the Great: The Lure of Autograph Collecting.