MAHATMA : the life of Gandhi (reel 17) [Main Title]
Reel 17 of the 33-reel biography of Gandhi: voyage to London; domicile in East End; Round Table Conference.
On board the SS Rajputana Gandhi gave courses in non-violence. The ship journeyed past Aden, through Suez to Port Said, and thence across the Mediterranean to Marseilles. At a citizen's meeting in Aden, Gandhi declared that 'India did not stand for isolated independence'. At Port Said he told journalists that 'he would highly welcome the union of East and West providing it was not based on brute force'. To a group of Marseilles students Gandhi described non-violence as 'a weapon, not of the weak but of the strong'. After a train journey to Boulogne and a boat journey across the Channel, Gandhi finally reached England on 12 September. Julia Lester had invited Gandhi to live at Kingsley Hall in the East End while he was in London. A large crowd gathered to welcome him. In a broadcast recorded for America, Gandhi said "the world is sick unto death of blood-spilling - perhaps it will be the privilege of the ancient land of India to show the way out". At the Round Table Conference Gandhi argued that "a nation that does not control its defence forces and external policy is hardly a responsible nation" and warned "a nation of 350 million people needs simply a will of its own to say no and that nation today is learning to say no".