Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) - Letter - an important Gandhi letter, written in Guajarati whilst imprisoned at Yeravda Central Jail, with Vallabhbhai Patel (referenced in the letter as Sardar). The letter reads:
Tell Haribhai that whom to trust when Doctor falls ill?
I was thinking to write to you, and suddenly the rain of letters from you started. No matter it was a rain over the Sardar too, and fall at whatever reason, but it gets everyone wet. We have the same situation. I was aware of your humorous nature, I just came to know from your letters that you are full of humor.
My blessings are always with you.
[Text in horizontal line]
What a shame in it if Doctor becomes toothless by hitting? You seem to be [Illegible] from Lilavati bahen.
Blessings from Bapu.
You are instilling some bravery to Sardar. But he is not soft (loose, less-strong) like me. He is able to do whatever he wants to do when he feels bravery/valiant from inside. Currently he is having the passion to learn Sanskrit. Therefore he is following it. But here no one is able to take the credit of it. And the teacher is Mahadev (Lord Shiv). It has [illegible] is Maa Umiya (Mother Goddess). And also whenever he/she feels. And you have planned for the intent of splitting a share. But do not take the share from his Sanskrit knowledge. If you tell, I will send it through the telegram.
Written in black ink, to both sides, addressed in Gandhi's hand. Folded. Measures 13cm x 10.5cm.
Upon the failure of the Round Table Conference in London, Gandhi and Patel were arrested in January 1932 when the struggle re-opened, and imprisoned in the Yeravda Central Jail. During this term of imprisonment, Patel and Gandhi grew close to each other, and the two developed a close bond of affection, trust, and frankness. Their mutual relationship could be described as that of an elder brother (Gandhi) and his younger brother (Patel). Despite having arguments with Gandhi, Patel respected his instincts and leadership. In prison, the two discussed national and social issues, read Hindu epics, and cracked jokes. Gandhi taught Patel Sanskrit. Gandhi's secretary, Mahadev Desai, kept detailed records of conversations between Gandhi and Patel. When Gandhi embarked on a fast-unto-death protesting the separate electorates allocated for untouchables, Patel looked after Gandhi closely and himself refrained from partaking of food. Patel was later moved to a jail in Nasik, and refused a British offer for a brief release to attend the cremation of his brother Vithalbhai, who had died in October 1933. He was finally released in July 1934.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India's independence from British Rule, and in turn inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi's birthday, 2 October, is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Nonviolence. Gandhi is commonly, though not formally, considered the Father of the Nation in India, and was commonly called Bapu (Father).
Provenance - from the collection of Dr Balvantrai N. Kanuga, Gandhi's personal long-term physician and friend.