Socialism is a beautiful word and so far as I am aware, in socialism all the members of society are equal—none low, none high. In the individual body the head is not high because it is the top of the body, nor are the soles of the feet low because they touch the earth. Even as members of the individual body are equal, so are the members of society. This is socialism.
In it the prince and the peasant, the wealthy and the poor, the
employer and the employee are all on the same level. In terms of
religion there is no duality in socialism. It is all unity. Looking
at society all the world over there is nothing but duality or
plurality. Unity is conspicuous by its absence. This man is high,
that one is low, that is a Hindu, that a Muslim, third a Christian,
fourth a Parsi, fifth a Sikh, sixth a Jew. Even among these there
are subdivisions. In the unity of my conception there is perfect
unity in the plurality of designs.
In order to reach this state we may not look on things
philosophically and say that we need not make a move until all are
converted to socialism. Without changing our life we may go on
giving addresses, forming parties and hawk-like seize the game when
it comes our way. This is no socialism. The more we treat it as game
to be seized, the farther it must recede from us.
Socialism begins with the first convert. If there is one such, you
can add zeros to the one and the first zero will account for ten and
every addition will account for ten times the previous number. If,
however, the beginner is a zero, in other words, no one makes the
beginning, multiplicity of zeros will also produce zero value. Time
and paper occupied in writing zeros will be so much waste.
This socialism is as pure as crystal. It, therefore, required
crystal-like means to achieve it. Impure means result in an impure
end. Hence the prince and the peasant will not be equalized by
cutting off the prince's head, nor can the process of cutting off
equalize the employer and the employed. One cannot reach truth by
untruthfulness. Truthful conduct alone can reach truth. Are not
nonviolence and truth twins? The answer is an emphatic 'no'.
Non-violence is embedded in truth and vice versa. Hence has
it been said that they are faces of the same coin. Either is
inseparable from the other. Read the coin either way. The spelling
of words will be different. The value is the same. This blessed
state is unattainable without perfect purity. Harbour impurity of
mind or body and you have untruth and violence in you.
Therefore, only truthful, non-violent and pure-hearted socialists
will be able to establish a socialistic society in India and the
world. To my knowledge there is no country in the world which is
purely socialistic. Without the means described above the existence
of such a society is impossible.
New Delhi, 6-7-'47