March 18, 1922
Gandhi’s “Great Trial” for writing seditious articles opposing British colonial rule began in Ahmedabad, India. Gandhi, aged 53, described himself as a farmer and weaver by profession, and spoke in his own defense, pleading guilty. “I hold it to be a virtue to be disaffected towards a government which, in its totality, has done more harm to India than any other system . . . . ” . . . I do not ask for mercy. I am to invite and cheerfully submit to the highest penalty that can be inflicted upon me for what in law is a deliberate crime and what appears to me to be the highest duty of the citizen.”

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