24 September, 2020

Gandhi@150: V.S. Srinivasa Sastri, Gandhi's 'Brother' and Strident Critic

Dear brother…That’s how Mahatma Gandhi and Srinivasa Sastri (1869-1946) would address each other in their correspondences despite their political differences

Gandhi@150: V.S. Srinivasa Sastri, Gandhi's 'Brother' and Strident Critic
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2019-10-21T20:35:15+05:30

Dear brother…That’s how Gandhi and Srinivasa Sastri (1869-1946), a teacher, legislator and ambassador, addressed each other in their correspondences despite their political differences. In 1915, Sastri, then president of Servants of India Society (founded by Gokhale), was apprehensive about Gandhi’s induction into the group as he had criticised the society’s members and their work. “You don’t go among the poor Harijans and labourers. You don’t eat their food, you don’t suffer their sufferings.” Due to the “deep differences”, Gandhi withdrew his application to join the organisation.

Sastri left the Congress in 1922 after disagreements regarding the non-cooperation movement. He lamented “the destruction of private and public property...the pretext that the movement had ­afforded the government to employ forces of ­repression almost without restraint, the outburst of ill-feeling between races and communities, and the psychology that had taken possession of the ­people, which made them feel...

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