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Governor in the Dock

view cannot be regarded as important. They are Thakorbhai Desai and Gordhandas Chokhawala, who came into the Congress in 1920. They have remained true to the spirit and outlook of the nationalism of those days which cannot be called social- istic. But their nationalism has a wider social context and their understanding of independence meant not merely political but also social change. They are believers not in class conflict but in class collaboration; yet they can see class pressures and stand against them. By contrast, Hitendra Desai, Babubhai Patel and Jaswant Mehta came to the Congress in the 1930s. They are more acquainted with text-book socialism as an ideal and as a type of political and economic order. They might emphasise political action more than the 1920 Congressmen in the ministry. But there cannot be any conflict between the two groups. For, as distinguished from the anarchic Sarvodaya of the Vinoba Bhave brand, Thakorbhai Desai's type of Sarvodaya recognises the need for and the role of political action. Ideologically, the two groups may be expected to be more complementary than conflicting.

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