New Delhi August 15, 1947, when the whole country was celebrating 200 years of freedom from British slavery and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who contributed significantly to India’s independence at that time, was not involved in this celebration. He sat on a fast not thousands of kilometers away from Delhi but on that historic day. Yes … even when Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru declared independence, Mahatma Gandhi was not present there. In such a situation, the question is that why did such an important person of that time in the country who fought for freedom, sit on a fast?
Gandhiji was engaged in pacifying the riots.
Actually, Mahatma Gandhi was in Kolkata at that time. On the one hand, the celebration of independence was being celebrated in Delhi, on the other, and Bengal was burning in the riots. Gandhiji was hurt by the decision of partition. He was then on a fast to pacify the Hindu-Muslim riots in Bengal. It is said that Gandhi ji was not fully informed about the terms of partition and independence. He was also angry with this. Khati Socialist leader Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia has mentioned this in his book ‘The Partition of India Partition’. It is mentioned in the book that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel did not give enough information about the partition to Mahatma Gandhi.
Pandit Nehru and Sardar Patel tried to persuade Mahatma Gandhi to come to Delhi. He sent one of his messengers to Kolkata to call Mahatma Gandhi. But Gandhiji did not agree. They declined. What a silly thing he said. When Bengal is burning. Hindus and Muslims are killing each other, then how can I come to Delhi with light in my heart. Gandhiji did not listen and sent a dry leaf as a gift to the communicator and sent it back.
Letter written on the day of
independence Gandhiji mainly did two things on the day of independence. The first work in this was to spin the spinning wheel and the second to write the letter. Gandhiji wrote two letters that day. In this, he wrote the first letter to his friend Agatha Harrison of London, while the second letter to Ramendra Ji Sinha. Apart from this, he also met Bengal Governor C Rajagopalachari on this day.