World War I Gandhi and his role. Why war was contingent on faith in non-violence.

Britain's solicitation of Indian soldiers with Gandhi's full participation.

British solicitation for Indian soldiers in WWI.  Gandhi offers help.

In April 1918, during the latter part of World War I, the Viceroy invited Gandhi to a War Conference in Delhi. Perhaps to show his support for the Empire. Gandhi agreed to actively recruit combatants. In a June 1918 leaflet entitled “Appeal for Enlistment”, Gandhi wrote “To bring about such a state of things we should have the ability to defend ourselves, that is, the ability to bear arms and to use them…If we want to learn the use of arms with the greatest possible despatch, it is our duty to enlist ourselves in the army.”  The question of the consistency between his creed of ‘Ahimsa’ (nonviolence) and his recruiting campaign was raised not only then but has been discussed not thoroughly enough.

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