By Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja

In accordance with Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Canto 7

Long in the past, an evil monarch named Hiranyakashipu seized keep an eye on of the full universe. even if he made existence most unlikely for all, his son Prahlad, who used to be regularly absorbed in meditating at the Lord, remained undisturbed. Seeing the boy’s traditional predilection for religious lifestyles and hence taking him as an archenemy, Hiranya-kashipu attempted to kill him, yet with out luck. If we stick to the lessons of Prahlad Maharaja, we are going to additionally turn into fearless natural devotees of the Lord.

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It needed the help of Britain, if ever it was to achieve parity with the Arabs. The fact that for the Jews of Palestine parity of representation was a vital issue, whereas it was for Gandhi a distracting 41 GANDHI AND THE MIDDLE EAST irritant, illustrates most vividly what effectively inhibited Gandhi from making any public statement on Palestine. Gandhi – facing and soon to be overtaken by Muslim demands for separatism in his own country – was inclined to dismiss the apprehension of Muslim or Jewish minorities as mistaken.

2 It came down to saying: India is fighting for the end of British rule; likewise in Palestine, radical Arabs contest the British mandate. Same opponent, same struggle, same objective. Nehru believed in an organic connexion between world events. 3 Moreover, Nehru held that there cannot coexist two nationalist movements struggling on the same ground against the same opponent. For just as the Indian National Congress claimed pre-eminence and exclusiveness in expressing the aspirations of all the different communities of India, Arabs could claim to be the only acceptable standard-bearer for anti-mandate forces.

They would disappear, so to say overnight, with the dismissal of the colonial power. 3 It was not a view shared by Shertok and his fellow Jews. They were a minority whose rights were safe provided they were in the hands of the British Administration, even if one of the hands, that of the Foreign Office – and likewise the India Office – was considered pro-Arab. The dependence of the Jews upon the colonial power was clearly demonstrated in the two stages of the 1936–9 Rebellion, which obliged Britain to send to Palestine as many as 30,000 troops under the command of men such as Wavell and Montgomery.

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