We can argue about Gandhi's beliefs regarding weapon ownership, and self-defence, until the cow's come home. It doesn't change the FACT that when
Gandhi said "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the
blackest" he was referring to the refusal of the British to conscript Indians into the British Army during the World War I.
The full quote, as it appears in part 5, of chapter 27, of Gandhi's autobiography is as follows:
"I used to issue leaflets asking people to enlist as recruits. One of the arguments I had used was distasteful to the Commissioner: 'Among the many
misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest. "Among the many misdeeds of
the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."
Gandhi's autobiography specifies the aforementioned leaflets were part of a recruiting campaign urging Indians to serve with the British Army in World
War I, while simultaneously playing a role in his campaign to discredit the British. Arguably, the former was merely a cover for the
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