Baba’s Arrest Warrant

Posted By Author on November 15, 2010

19/1/1967:

Got up early.  After exercise, meditation, etc., waited for the Sunrise to take bath.  Baba was to take early lunch by 9.30 A.M.  Therefore he came out early and was waiting for me.  As I was late he asked me whether I got up late.  I told that I got up very early but waited for the Sunrise to take bath.  He gave a hearty laughter.

Our gossip began. Baba asked the name of a market in Bombay where elephants and horses are sold.  I told him there was no such market any more because cars are more cheap and convenient for transport.  However birds and small animals are sold in Crawford Market, which is now named as Mahatma Fuley Market.  He immediately recollected the name Crawford Market.  He said forty years ago big animals were available there.  He then asked as to  how was Malabar Hill? I told him that skyscrapers have come up profusely and it was now very congested concrete jungle. Baba twisted mouth and lamented, “Charm is lost.”

Baba then expressed, “Suresh, we have to bring two month old baby elephant for Chinu.  We will have to purchase it either at Sonpur fair or get it from Assam. It becomes one with children and lifts them by trunk. Elephants and horses are very sensitive animals.  Dog is very loyal but not sensitive.  Elephants and dogs are always at daggers drawn.”  Baba told lot of stories on wild animals.  He said that one boy in Africa killed seventeen lions at a stretch.  He narrated as to how tigers are profuse in the forest of Amarkantak and in its lower forest dingoes (wild dogs) are present.  We then talked on wolf boy of Madhya Pradesh and Jim Corbett.  Baba then told that he liked Lonawala very much.  He described the place.  After some more gossip he went in. I watered the plants near in his yard and came back to my hut.

After lunch I was writing diary.  It was 3.30 P.M. One sub-inspector and three constables came.  They were from Okhimath.  The name of the S.I. was Baljor Singh.  I received them and offered tea.  He had been here before for Baba’s darshan.  He seemed bit nervous and restless and therefore I myself asked him whether he brought the summons and arrest warrant.  He nodded and asked me as to what was this affair.  I explained to him the details of the case and how Baba was mischievously harassed.  He lamented that politics was played at the top but they were made to swallow bitterness of execution.  He said he was at a loss as to what to do. Had there been someone else he would have spoken lie and returned the warrant.  However, if he tried the same here he might lose his job, as all knew Baba’s whereabouts. He then showed me the warrant in which directed to execute on or before 10th February 1967, proclaim and return it to Magistrate at Calcutta.

He admitted that he was nervous and in dilemma.  Everybody asked him as to what happened about arrest warrant.

I gave him Baba’s statement of 8/1/1967 and handed over my attestation on the letterhead of Shaulmari Ashram.  He requested that there was a bond of one thousand rupees which Baba should be prayed to sign and after that he would not bother whether Baba would go or not.  I told him that Baba was closed up to 30th Jan. and he would not come out.  However, if he wanted to disturb him, he was to take full responsibility of it.  He then politely requested me that if I happened to see him in a couple of days, he be requested to permit him to see for two minutes.  I assured him that I would do my best but would not give guarantee or assurance. After that the Sub-Inspector loitered near our hut daring not to cross the limit and at last at 5 P.M. all of them left.

Baba called me inside and I narrated the whole situation.  I apprised him that I told the S.I. that one of us had gone to Calcutta to file a writ petition and stay order was due any time.  After discussion on the matter Baba said that after 30th Jan. he would allow S.I. to see him.

Baba then insisted that a suit must be filed against that magistrate.  According to him Niharendu Dutt Mazumdar was rigid and therefore Mr. Setalwad and Anand Narayan Mulla should be consulted.  I said time was very limited. He said, “ How to arrange money?”

A very lengthy discussion took place on whether to issue warrant was misuse of power.  Baba was of the opinion that public interest should get priority.  I expressed that if each concerned person started cases against magistrate there would be panic in judiciary.  I said if discretion was slightly wrong it would amount to misuse of power like our stand.  He observed that misuse of power and wrong discretion was two different entities.  If people intentionally file cases under the garb of misuse they would be punished.  Baba’s voice was rising and I could judge its culmination in irritation and flare up.  I took a successful retreat and agreed with him.

We waited for a while to see if Radhakant would arrive by 5.30 timing.  Bus passed and none arrived.  Baba got indignant and said Radhakant would get rebuke but smilingly said it would be a mild type.  I pleaded for Radhakant and said that Baba did not give him categorical direction to reach on 19th Jan.  He remained silent and then told us that after his dinner he would call us.

After his evening meal we assembled in Chinu’s hut.  He talked a lot on poetry.  His knowledge of it was astounding.  He recited Navin Chandra Sen’s poetry on Mahabharata for three quarters of an hour.  He then recited poems of Byron, Shelley, Tagore, and what not.  I was amazed to see his capacity of recitation and memory.  I frankly asked him as to how could he learn by heart so many poems.  Was it that his parents got it done in childhood?  He was amused and said that it was his liking and once he would recite three or four times it would get stuck up in his memory permanently. He  told that his brother and father also encouraged recitation. (Sarat and Jankinath?)  Baba then said that at present there was a dearth of deep writers. Formerly it was not so.  After discussion on all types of literature he gave the following dictation:

Diplomacy is the art of lying deliberately designed to deceive people and as such only a coward takes recourse to it.  A diplomat is afraid to give out truth and takes recourse to falsehood to gain something for himself or for his nation.  Of course apparently there is a brighter side of diplomacy.  Two persons or two states are quarreling with each other; a third party has the altruistic motive to bring about a compromise and conciliation between the two but if the truth of the either side is known to its opposite there will be no chance for reconciliation at all.  The third party then tries to hide the truth about the one party to the other and with all goodwill brings about a compromise and reconciliation.  Now the question is whether such a well meaning means may be regarded as the right one conducive to wider human interest.  The answer is both yes and no.  Whether it will be conducive or not depends upon the mental state not only of the quarrelling parties but also of that of the mediator.  Generally speaking means are as important as the end.  The rightness or wrongness of the means is not determined by the mechanical and external process it contains but mainly by the motive with which the means are applied.  A man is suffering from malaria.  A physician sugarcoats quinine and gives it to the ailing man stating that it is pure sugar candy.  Here falsehood is involved still the means is right.  This principle can be expanded to any process to determine whether it is basically right or wrong.  Kantian theory may not be right in asserting that the world exists in ideas but it is definitely true that the right or wrong of the object cannot be determined by the function of the object alone.”

We discussed this passage. I put a question whether an ambassador was a diplomat or not because he negotiates reality.  He said, “He then is not.  But for diplomatic trend he cannot be an ambassador.”  I said then every pleader was diplomat.  Baba said in a sense I was right.  Then he added, “ Sir Strafford Cripps convinced Russia and made her enter the war against Germany. For this he received lot of name and fame but Churchill envied him and diplomatically he managed to send Cripps to India knowing fully well that he would fail. Thus he imposed the blame of defeat on Cripps. Here Churchill was a diplomat.”

We again enjoyed Baba’s poetry and after one and half hours’ sitting returned.  Dined and slumbered.

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