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Nuclear Explosion and Its Swadeshi Fall-Out

Romesh Diwan THERE is a scene in the film 'Gandhi', It is a meeting at Jinnah's bungalow of major Congress Party leaders: Mahatma, Nehru, Patel, Azad, Kirplani. The subject is; how should Congress commemorate Jallianwaila Bagh massacre and the independence day banned by the British colonial government? Various options are discussed; strike, direct action, etc. Mahatma suggests that it be a day of prayer. They all look at him in disbelief; how parochial? Gandhi adds, there wilt be no activity; no trains will run, no post will be delivered. Camera shows a twinkle in Patel's eyes, first to recognise its implications. He blurts that such a shut out will put fear into the British. The scene moves to viceroy' s now presidential gardens depicting total strike. This, day of prayer and the resulting total strike, changed the political circumstance fundamentally. It was the beginning of India's independence from colonial subjugation because it integrated all people in the movement and Brits did not know how to react. Only a rishi like the Mahatma, fully versed in Hindu culture, understood that a day of prayer is more effective than a westernised strike.

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