Boycott of British Goods


To My Fellow Brothers

            I call for the help of the people. We people, we fellows must join together to help our noble cause. These foreigners are foreigners. The roots of the word exemplify how the reign over us. I tell you that this reign --this raj-- need go on no longer. We can take back our lives and help our people as one. Some of my colleagues may urge you to war. I urge you though to resist the temptations to take up firearms. This however does not mean that we will not fight back. In fact, we shall fight harder than those who can use the bullet. For our bullet shall be one made of non-profit and will be shot straight into the heart of the British colonial rule. Without their profit they will cease to pursue us. By using violence and hatred we may only cause more hatred.

            I hope for a system of swaraj. Our nonviolent disobedience will be their down fall. It is greatly important that we follow through with the principles of satyagraha. It is our most useful and deadly weapon.

            Although I acknowledge that it is much to ask, I ask that you put a boycott on the goods made by our oppressors. This ban will enable us to demonstrate that we are capable of producing for ourselves and not for them. This will make India as a colony not profitable for them that call themselves our rulers and they shall take their business elsewhere. We need to go back to making our khadi back to when we as a nation maintained swaraj and swadeshi. A time we can be proud to be our own people.

            The British involvement in what should be strictly Indian political affairs needs to end. While they have been in few ways good for our school system and infrastructure, it is time for them to leave and for us to once again rule ourselves.

            I know this may anger many of our Muslim friends, as their business relies heavily on the British, but I sincerely believe that it is necessary. To force the British out using violence and firearms will only succeed in costing more lives than necessary. Destroying more families and causing more problems than we should. We should not encourage this bloodshed and thus civil disobedience is will be the most viable option.

            I ask much and am aware that many will not follow me however, I urge those who refuse to ponder why it is that they are intent to remain with the British empire. I returned to my home country of India after spending time in England and South Africa and seeing how British law is not applied to us as it is to the British. This is saturated with unjustness and changes need to be made. I ask you to stand with me as civil, but disobedient brothers.

-Mohandas K. Gandhi

 
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Walsh, Judith E. "Gandhi and the nationalist movement in India." A Brief History of India, Brief History. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2006.Modern World History Online, Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?
ItemID=WE53&iPin=BHIND37&SingleRecord=True (accessed April 1, 2012).

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