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চিঠিখানি আজ লিখে মনে করলুম আপনার সম্পাদকী দরবারে তার নকল পাঠাই । এটা বৰ্ত্তমান দুৰ্য্যোগের দিনে প্রকাশ যোগ্য হবে কিনা জানিনে । আপনি যা ভাল মনে করেন করবেন । Dear Friend, I believe our outcry against the wrongs inflicted upon us by our governing power is becoming more vehement than is good for us. We must not claim sympathy or kind treatment with too great an insistence and intensity. I remember when in my schooldays I used to get blows and insult from a teacher who was particularly foul in his language and unjust in his dealings I refused to complain or to cry. In fact I tried to maintain my dignity by ignoring my punishment, and thus I had my moral victory. This victory possibly had no other result and very likely it only exasperated my teacher without touching his conscience in the least. But all the same the victory abided with me and I am glad of it. He who causes suffering becomes small when his victims have the power to rise above it by their heroism of fearlessness. This is the lesson which Gandhi has been trying to preach to his countrymen, and now when his attempt to hold the banner of moral power above those of the brute forces has met with an apparent failure, when those of us who desire success &2