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Silent Valour

Gandhi considered silence to be the better part of valour because he knew he could persuade only Hindus, and not Muslims, to abide by his wishes.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2007 02:00 IST

With reference to Avtar Singh Bhasin’s article 1947: Written in Blood (August 19), I believe Mahatma Gandhi was not marginalised. He considered silence to be the better part of valour because he knew he could persuade only Hindus, and not Muslims, to abide by his wishes. Gandhiji had said, “Pakistan will be created on my dead body.” Again, after Partition, he went on a fast to force India to pay Rs 55 crore to Pakistan, although the countries were at war.



Vidya Sagar, Delhi

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