INDIA: Tit- willow

Mohandas K. Gandhi was amused. To the tune of Tit-willow from Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, Khorshed Naoroji sang him a song just published in the Times of India:

"A Mahatma sat singing on top of a fence

'Quit India, quit India, quit India.'

He would pause for a while, then again would commence

'Quit India, quit India, quit India.'

And I said, 'Oh Mahatma, I fear I am dense

But your song doesn't seem to make very much sense.'

His reply was to chant in a tone more intense.

'Quit India, quit India, quit India.'

So I said, 'Oh...

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