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WRITTEN IN WEEKS PRIOR TO HIS ARREST FOR LAUNCHING THE QUIT INDIA MOVEMENT GANDHI, MOHANDAS K. Brief Autograph Letter Signed, "MKGandhi," to Tofail Ahmad, in English: "Though your argument is good I am afraid no good will come out of publishing it at the present juncture." 1 page, small 8vo, "Sevagram" [in Hindi and Urdu] stationery; marked worming at all sides, small hole at center with minor loss to letter of text, complete separation at horizontal fold repaired verso with paper. "Sevagram" [Wardha], 24 May 1942

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Published in The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (Electronic Book), (New Delhi: Publications Division Government of India, 1999), 82:320.
During the early 20th century in India, various groups fought to gain better representation in the British government, resulting in a patchwork of separate electorates in different regions (e.g., Hindus and Muslims, rural and urban tribes, caste groups, each electing candidates drawn from their particular group). Gandhi tended to support a joint electorate where possible, but the summer of 1942 had become a period of important and sometimes conflicting political priorities for Gandhi. Ahmad's letter (to which the present letter is Gandhi's reply) included a tract arguing in favor of joint electorates and a request that it be published in the weekly political journal, Harijan (which Gandhi founded). In the present letter, Gandhi declines to endorse publication at the moment, likely because the Indian National Congress had begun to abandon hope of negotiation with Britain for improved representation and was contemplating complete independence. The Congress Working Committee met in Wardha weeks later (June 14th) to declare that "British rule in India must end immediately" and to authorize Gandhi to lead the campaign of mass resistance that became known as the "Quit India Movement."