Thursday, January 09, 2014

Hitler and Gandhi

In case you wonder how Mahatma Gandhi, the prophet of non-violence, would have made out with someone less civilized than the British, Andrew Roberts gives us some insight in his book The Holy Fox: A Life of Lord Halifax.

During a European visit, Lord Halifax, a former British viceroy of India, was invited to Hitler’s mountain retreat at Berchtesgaden for lunch.  After lunch Halifax brought up his experiences as viceroy of India, where he had urged a policy of conciliation.  Hitler interrupted him and said, “Shoot Gandhi!  And if that does not suffice to reduce them to submission, shoot a dozen leading members of Congress; and if that does not suffice, shoot 200 and so on until order is established.”

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