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Almost two hundred years had passed and the British still ruled India. But now it was only a matter of days until Aug. 7. Then the clock would tick out the minute when the will of one stubborn little man would be pitted against the Empire.

Like hens in a gathering thunderstorm, the men of good will hoped that somehow a miracle would avert a deluge of chaos, anarchy and civil war. Only the little man remained calm. U.S. Correspondent A. T. Steele, visiting his retreat at Sevagram last week, described it as "a...

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