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Mahatma Gandhi's "Quit India" Speech

September 29, 2017
Born on October 2, 1869, Mahatma Gandhi was an activist and leader who changed the course of history by helping to lead India to independence. These words are from the speech Gandhi's delivered on August 8, 1942 urging a non-violent fight against British colonial rule. The "Quit India" speech is one of Gandhi's most famous public addresses.
bondage
Let me tell you that I do not regard England or for that matter America as free countries. They are free after their own fashion, free to hold in bondage coloured races of the earth. Are England and America fighting for the liberty of these races today? If not, do not ask me to wait until after the war.
conscience
...I want to declare to the world, although I may have forfeited the regard of many friends in the West and I must bow my head low; but even for their friendship or love, I must not suppress the voice of conscience....
deliverance
How is this vast mass of humanity to be aglow in the cause of world deliverance, unless and until it has touched and felt freedom.
exercise
If you can exercise it, under the glow of freedom what seems impossible, today, will become possible tomorrow.
exertion
I have been called their leader or, in the military language, their commander. But I do not look at my position in that light. I have no weapon but love to wield my authority over any one. I do sport a stick which you can break into bits without the slightest exertion.
fascism
There is a fundamental difference between fascism and this imperialism which I am fighting.
forfeit
I know that in the course of the last few weeks I have forfeited my credit with a large number of friends, so much so, that they have begun to doubt not only my wisdom but even my honesty.
forsake
Even if all the United Nations opposed me, even if the whole of India forsakes me, I will say, “You are wrong."
fulfillment
They will be dealing a mortal blow to China and to Russia if they oppose the freedom of non-violent India which is pleading with bended knees for the fulfillment of debt along overdue.
fundamental
It is a fundamental truth which India has been experimenting with for 22 years.
hypocrisy
Such occasions arise in the life of the man who is a pure seeker after truth and who would seek to serve the humanity and his country to the best of his lights without fear or hypocrisy.
impel
There is something within me impelling me to cry out my agony.
imperialism
There is a fundamental difference between fascism and this imperialism which I am fighting.
inception
From its very inception the Congress based its policy on peaceful methods, included Swaraj, and the subsequent generations added non-violence.
innate
I trust because of my nature to rely upon the innate goodness of human nature which perceives the truth and prevails during the crisis as if by instinct. But even if I am deceived in this I shall not swerve....
inopportune
There is a chorus of disapproval and righteous protest all over the world against us. They say we are erring, the move is inopportune.
prevail
I trust because of my nature to rely upon the innate goodness of human nature which perceives the truth and prevails during the crisis as if by instinct. But even if I am deceived in this I shall not swerve. I shall not flinch.
reside
That voice within tells me, “You have to stand against the whole world although you may have to stand alone. You have to stare in the face the whole world although the world may look at you with bloodshot eyes. Do not fear. Trust the little voice residing within your heart.”
subsequent
From its very inception the Congress based its policy on peaceful methods, included Swaraj, and the subsequent generations added non-violence.
suppress
With all this background, I want to declare to the world, although I may have forfeited the regard of many friends in the West and I must bow my head low; but even for their friendship or love, I must not suppress the voice of conscience....

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