SATYAGRAHA / CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE > Speech at Dabhan
Speech At Dabhan
March 15, 1930
I have come to know that a Headman, a Matadar and a watchman of Kanakapura have submitted their resignations. I hope that you have handed in those resignations willingly and that none of you would not, seeking pardon, withdraw them. When we have once taken a vow, we shall not withdraw them even if we die.
Your Headman has submitted his resignation but his old uncle has registered himself as a volunteer. It is not that only young people can join this struggle. This is a religious as also a nonviolent struggle and even children can take part in it. The names of some women have also been received by me. I have received names even of children below the age of fifteen and I do not hesitate to mention them.
I hope that the Headmen and Matadars from the neighbouring villages also will send in their resignations.
Although we claim to practise cow-protection, we should now call it buffalo-protection or service to buffaloes. In this town of Dabhan,
there are three hundred buffaloes as against three cows. This suggests that we
are ignorant of animals husbandry. In this district, it is difficult to obtain
cow's milk or ghee for sick persons or for those who have taken the vow to serve
only the cow. Goseva does not mean saving the cows from Muslims or Englishmen—this amounts to cow-slaughter. That is a misinterpretation of the term
I do not recall the taste of buffalo milk. Hence I cannot distinguish it from cow's milk. However, doctors have testified that buffalo's milk and ghee are not as nourishing as those of the cow and Europeans do not even touch the milk of the buffalo.