‘Congress always believed in politics of service’

Veteran Congress leader Rajmani Patel throws light on the history of his party, and the values it upheld throughout the freedom struggle and in post-Independence India while assessing its setbacks in recent times.

When Gandhiji spoke to us

In his autobiography, Gandhiji talked of his visit to Calcutta as it then was in 1896, and the contrasting receptions he got from editors of the different newspapers he met to talk about his work in South Africa. One editor thought he was a wandering Jew while another after keeping him waiting for an hour told him, “You had better go. I am not disposed to listen to you.” Gandhiji writes: “…I met the Anglo-Indian editors also. The Statesman and The Englishman realised the importance of the (South African) question. I gave them long interviews and they published them in full.” We publish these interviews here, among the first of Gandhiji published in India.