Gandhi’s Letters To Adolf Hitler (1939-1941)

Ἀπόσπασμα ἀπὸ τὸ δεύτερο:

I hope you will have the time and desire to know how a good portion of humanity who have view living under the influence of that doctrine of universal friendship view your action. We have no doubt about your bravery or devotion to your fatherland, nor do we believe that you are the monster described by your opponents. But your own writings and pronouncements and those of your friends and admirers leave no room for doubt that many of your acts are monstrous and unbecoming of human dignity, especially in the estimation of men like me who believe in universal friendliness. Such are your humiliation of Czechoslovakia, the rape of Poland and the swallowing of Denmark. I am aware that your view of life regards such spoliations as virtuous acts. But we have been taught from childhood to regard them as acts degrading humanity. Hence we cannot possibly wish success to your arms.

But ours is a unique position. We resist British Imperialism no less than Nazism. If there is a difference, it is in degree. One-fifth of the human race has been brought under the British heel by means that will not bear scrutiny. Our resistance to it does not mean harm to the British people. We seek to convert them, not to defeat them on the battle-field. Ours is an unarmed revolt against the British rule. But whether we convert them or not, we are determined to make their rule impossible by non-violent non-co-operation. It is a method in its nature indefensible. It is based on the knowledge that no spoliator can compass his end without a certain degree of co-operation, willing or compulsory, of the victim. Our rulers may have our land and bodies but not our souls. They can have the former only by complete destruction of every Indian—man, woman and child. […]

We were groping for the right means to combat the most organized violence in the world which the British power represents. You have challenged it. It remains to be seen which is the better organized, the German or the British. We know what the British heel means for us and the non-European races of the world. But we would never wish to end the British rule with German aid.

Πηγή, γιὰ τὸ πρῶτο (1939), καὶ ἐδῶ (1941), ὅπου καὶ τὸ πολὺ μεγαλύτερο δεύτερο. Πάντως, οἱ Βρετανοὶ κατέσχεσαν τὰ γράμματα, καὶ ἡ ἱστορία τελείωσε. Τὸ ἀστεῖο εἶναι ὅτι ἐνῶ ὁ Γκάντι, ἕνας Ἰνδός, δὲν ἤθελε τὴ γερμανικὴ βοήθεια κατὰ τῶν Ἄγγλων, μιὰ μουρλὴ Ἑλληνογαλλίδα ἔγινε Ἰνδουίστρια καὶ Ναζί. Παρατηρώντας μάλιστα καὶ τὴ χριστιανικὴ ρητορική του («οἱ Βρετανοὶ κατέχουν τὰ σώματά μας ἀλλὰ ὄχι τὶς ψυχές μας»), καταλαβαίνει καθεὶς γιατί οἱ Ἰνδουιστὲς τὸν ἀντιπαθοῦσαν.

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