chapter  2
Gandhi’s swaraj
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In a prayer meeting four-and-a-half months prior to independence, Gandhi rued the way things were going:

What is going to happen! Nothing will happen according to what I say. Whatever the Congress decides to do is all that will be done. I do not matter in the scheme of things today. If I did, [the insanity in] Punjab would not have happened, nor Bihar, nor Noakhali. No one listens to me today. I am a very small man. Yes, I was once a big man in Hindustan. Everybody listened to me then. Today the Congress does not heed me, nor do the Hindus, and nor the Muslims. . . . Mine is a cry in the wilderness. Everybody can abandon me today. God will not.2