Navjivan Trust releases Trial of Gandhiji

Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

Trial of Gandhiji, a book about historical trial of Mahatma Gandhi was released at a function held in the Circuit House here on Wednesday. This is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was tried in 1922 on the charges of sedition on the basis of articles he had written in Young India.

Releasing the book Justice Pradeep B Bhatt of Jharkhand High Court said that the trial showed a conflict between law and conscience which made it a great trial in the world. He said that the fact that Gandhi pleaded guilty showed the great moral courage Gandhi had to stand by his conviction.

He said that the book originally published by Gujarat High Court in 1965 has introduction by Justice Shelat who has compared the trial with the trial of Socrates. He said that in both the cases these great leaders were tried for standing by truth and in both the cases it was the state that launched prosecution against them.

Gandhi was brought to court for four articles he wrote in Young India in 1921 and 1922. However, later one article was withdrawn. The judge, Broomfield, awarded Gandhi total six years of imprisonment on three charges after the trial that lasted for just 100 minutes on March 18, 1922. Though the government wanted full fledged trial, Judge Broomfield said that it was not needed as Gandhi had pleaded guilty, Justice Bhatt said.

What makes the book important is that the book contains several chapters in Gandhi’s handwriting. The book contains three original articles as published in Young India. Gandhiji was tried for the three articles- two of 1921 and one of 1922- published in the journal. Young India was a weekly journal published in English by Mahatma Gandhi from 1919 to 1932. The re-print includes complete account of the court proceedings besides Gandhi’s original statements in his writing,

Justice Bhatt said that students of law should read this book as it deals with the most fundamental question of law and morality which is being debated for centuries. The book has become rare as only 1,000 copies were printed 48 years ago.

Dr. Tridip Suhrud, director of Gandhi Ashram said that after coming out of prison, Gandhi wrote is autobiography, he took lectures on Gita and had Gita padarth Kosh which deals with the meanings of certain important expressions of Gita.

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