By Mike Westrop
"No.10 Squadron of England's Royal Naval Air carrier used to be shaped at St. Pol, a suburb of Dunkerque, in February 1917, as a part of the swift naval aviation enlargement programme required by means of the Royal Naval Air Service's dedication to help the Royal Flying Cor"
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For I know that all its members do not believe in non-violence to the extent I do. It is not possible to make a person or a society non-violent by compulsion. Non-violence works in a most mysterious manner. Often a man’s actions defy analysis in terms of non-violence; equally often his actions may wear the appearance of violence when he is absolutely nonviolent in the highest sense of the term and is subsequently found so to be. All I can then claim for my conduct is that it was, in the instances cited, actuated in the interests of non-violence.
He continued, chiding the crowd, “learn your lesson if you wish in the Boer War. Those who were enemies of that empire only a few years ago have now become friends. . 53 The meaning was crystal clear: political agitation would arouse opposition from the Raj while fighting effectively and bravely would earn Britain’s respect. This tactic however, would 32 Gender and Violence in British India only work if India as a whole sought out the battlefield, even “educated” and “effeminate” Indians. This begs the key question: if Gandhi spoke so strongly against violence in 1909, then why would he embrace the unprecedented slaughter of World War I just five years later?
One who would not help in a slaughter house should not help in cleaning the butcher’s house either. But I found that living in England I was in a way participating in the War. London owes the food it gets in wartime to the protection of the Navy. Thus to take this food was also a wrong thing. There was only one right course left, which was to go away and live in some mountain or cave in England itself and subsist on whatever food or shelter nature might provide. . [but] I do not possess the spiritual strength necessary for this.