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From the Archives (June 3, 1919): Mr. Tilak’s Service. Mr. Gandhi’s Speech.

A public meeting was held on Saturday [May 31] evening [in Bombay] under the presidency of Mr. Gandhi for expressing appreciation of the services rendered by Mr. Tilak to India and calling upon his countrymen to contribute to the Tilak Purse Fund started with the object of defraying the expenses incurred by him in the case against Sir Valentine Chirol. Mr. Gandhi in his opening remarks said that the goal of every Indian patriot was the same although each one might follow a different path. Mr. Tilak had one way of achieving his aim which differed from his (Mr. Gandhi’s) but Mr. Tilak had displayed the courage of his conviction in going to an English court of law and fighting an Englishman and this fact had evoked his special admiration. It would, however, have been a splendid thing if Mr. Tilak had been a Satyagrahi as then he would not have troubled about going to a court of law at all and would have been saved the disappointment of defeat and consequent pecuniary loss.

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