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Great Indian Liberals: Rt.Hon.– Srinivasa Sastri

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The Illustrious Servant of India Relations with Mahatma Gandhi During his tenure in the Servants of India Society, Sastri developed a close attachment with Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi often addressed Srinivasa Sastri as his "elder brother” in all their correspondences. However, despite their friendship, during his tenure as President, Srinivasa Sastri opposed Gandhi’s presence in the Servants of India Society. When Gandhi sought Sastri’s advice before launching his non-cooperation movement, he counselled him against it. In his later years, Sastri sternly advised Mahatma Gandhi against accepting the Muslim League demand for partition. Srinivasa Sastri corrected mistakes in the manuscript of Gandhi’s autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth, the English translation of Gandhi’s autobiography and also successive issues of the magazine Harijan that was edited by Mahatma Gandhi. Once in a letter to Sastri, Gandhi wrote: "Your criticism soothes me. Your silence makes me feel nervous.” On Sastri’s death, Gandhi paid a tribute to Sastri in a condolence message in the Harijan: "Death has removed not only from us but from the world one of India’s best sons. In 1921, the Freedom of the City of London was conferred on Srinivasa Sastri. This was followed by the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh on 9 January 1931. 
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