Gopal Krishna Gokhale has passed away and all India is
plunged in to a deep and passionate grief. In life Gokhale
had naturally many critics on all sides – both among those
who wished ill to his country and among those others who
loved it too well.
But now all differences are forgotten, and the Pioneer
of Allahabad agrees with Bal Gangadhar Tilak that Goikhale’s
life should be taken as an inspiring example by every
good man in the country. Indeed we “live and learn”
– all of us.
Now, what are the principles that Gokhale lived for
and worked for?
These are two: (1) Indian Nationhood and (2) Indian
“India – a Nation” that was the Mula-Mantra, the root
idea, the basic affirmation of Gokhale’s life and work.
We all know, for instance, with what zeal and earnestness
he worked for Hindu-Muhammadan unity. Thanks to Gokhale
and other workers like himself, we are to –day in sight
of the Promised Land.
Again, the demand for Self-Government is not only recognized
on all hands as legitimate, but almost every one has
got into the habit of regarding Indian autonomy as an
assured fact of the near future.
We are all deeply grateful to the King Emperor for His
Majesty’s sympathetic message to Mr. Gokhale’s family.
It is a gracious act, but, to us, its chief significance
lies in the fact that the august Head of the Empire
respects the life-principles of Gokhale. Respect for
a man’s memory may not mean the acceptance of his opinions
and doctrines in toto, but it certainly means respect
for this Dharma, his life-work.
Even to-day there must be certain political thinkers
in our county who may not approve of Gokhale’s life
in everything that he did or omitted to do. But may
his soul rest in peace – his country has accepted his