Mohandas K. Gandhi appealed to all Britons to cease hostilities with Germany and urged that they settle their differences with “non-violent” methods. The Indian Nationalist leader urged Britain not to enter into”undignified competition with the Nazis in destructive power.” He said he was placing his service at the command of the British Government to “advance the object” of his appeal. Gandhi realized that the level of nonviolence required incredible faith and courage, which he believed everyone did not possess. He therefore advised that everyone need not keep to nonviolence, especially if it were used as a cover for cowardice, saying, “where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.
The New York Times Book of World War II 1939-1945: When the second World War broke out, the Viceroy declared India to be a participant in it without consulting the Congress party leaders. Gandhi, although a strong critic of Nazi Germany, demanded the complete independence of India as the price of Indian cooperation. The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Some of his other remarks were widely quoted, such as “There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for.” I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honor than that she should in a cowardly manner become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonor. But I believe that nonviolence is infinitely superior to violence, forgiveness is more manly than punishment, forgiveness adorns a soldier.