On the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement on 08 August 2017, both the Congress and BJP paid homage to the watershed moment. While the Congress Working Committee passed a resolution reiterating the importance of the Quit India Movement, BJP’s youth wing planned a ‘Bharat Jodo Abhiyan’ (Unite India Campaign) to mark its 75th anniversary.
During this politically charged time, it is important to remember Mahatma Gandhi’s words on 8 August, 1942 in Bombay (now Mumbai) ahead of the Quit India Movement, in which he asked people to adopt ahimsa (non-violence) during the struggle for India’s independence.
Here is the full text of Gandhi’s speech:
Before you discuss the resolution, let me place before you one or two things, I want you to understand two things very clearly and to consider them from the same point of view from which I am placing them before you. I ask you to consider it from my point of view, because if you approve of it, you will be enjoined to carry out all I say. It will be a great responsibility. There are people who ask me whether I am the same man that I was in 1920, or whether there has been any change in me. You are right in asking that question.
Occasions like the present do not occur in everybody’s and but rarely in anybody’s life. I want you to know and feel that there is nothing but purest Ahimsa in all that I am saying and doing today. The draft resolution of the Working Committee is based on Ahimsa, the contemplated struggle similarly has its roots in Ahimsa. If, therefore, there is any among you who has lost faith in Ahimsa or is wearied of it, let him not vote for this resolution.