Gandhi Speaks to US

Gandhi was asked about the execution of Bhagat Singh (March 26, 1926). He began by telling of his failure “to bring about the commutation of the death sentence of Bhagat Singh and his friends.” He was then asked, “Do you think it wise to forgive a government which has been guilty of a thousand murders?”

Gandhi replied, “I do not know a single instance where forgiveness has been found to be so wanting.” The reporter replied, “But has any country ever shown such forgiveness as India is showing to Britain?” And Ghandi said, “That does not affect my reply. What is true of individuals is true of nations. One cannot forgive too much. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”

The seven blunders that human society commits to cause violence:

• wealth without work,

• pleasure without conscience,

• knowledge without character,

• commerce without morality,

• science without humanity,

• worship without sacrifice, and

• politics without principles.

“I came to the conclusion long ago … that all religions were true and also that all had some error in them, and whilst I hold by my own, I should hold others as dear as Hinduism. So we can only pray, if we are Hindus—not that a Christian should become a Hindu. … but our prayer should be: a Hindu should be a better Hindu, a Muslim a better Muslim, a Christian a better Christian.”

“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Truth stands without public support. It is self-sustained.”

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