(EDITORIAL) Where does Mr. Gandhi really stand with regard to the food crisis? On Monday last, Mr. Gandhi issued a statement following his discussion with the Viceroy’s Private Secretary in which he demanded the reconstruction of the Executive Council consisting of men “chosen from the elected members of the Central Legislature”. In other words, he put a price on Congress co-operation in averting famine and that price was “a national Government”. …In another statement to the Press on Saturday last Mr. Gandhi … [declared] that: “We must fight this foreign Government on all other fronts except this (food) one”. It seemed from this that on the food front Mr. Gandhi was prepared to co-operate without reserve. Strangely, however, in an article in Harijan published the very next day Mr. Gandhi harks back to his original demand….

Once again Mr. Gandhi proves that he considers consistency a failing becoming only little minds. Once again he proves that he is first and foremost a political bargainer and not that broadminded humanitarian which some people take him to be. The Sunday Observer is right when it says that on this occasion as on others Mr. Jinnah has “proved himself a bigger man”….

Published in Dawn, February 19th, 2021

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