By Krishna Gandhi; Kripalani
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And if there was some occasion for penance or the like,I gladly utilized it too for the purpose of fasting. It dawnedupon me that fasting could be made as powerful a weapon of indulgence as of restraint. I wanted to improve and train m y body, but as m y chief object now was to achieve restraint and a conquest of the palate, I selected first one food and then another,and at the same time, restricted the amount. But the relish was after me, as it were. As I gave up one thing and took up another,this latter afforded m e a fresher and greater relish than its predecessor.
In those days I believed that British rule was on the whole beneficial to the ruled. With careful perseverance I learnt the tune of the ‘nationalanthem’ and joined in the singing whenever it was sung. Whenever there was an occasion for the expression of loyalty without fuss or ostentation, I readily took part in it. Never in m y life did I exploit this loyalty, never did I seek to gain a selfish end by its means. It was for me more in the nature of an obligation, and I rendered it without expecting a reward.
It has never been possible for me to simulate loyalty or, for that matter, any other virtue. The National Anthem used to be sung at every meeting that I attended in Natal. I then felt that I must also join in the singing. Not that I was unaware of the defects in British rule, but I thought that it was on the whole acceptable. In those days I believed that British rule was on the whole beneficial to the ruled. With careful perseverance I learnt the tune of the ‘nationalanthem’ and joined in the singing whenever it was sung.
All Men Are Brothers by Krishna Gandhi; Kripalani