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the British people even as partners and equals and even though the Khilafat question be satisfactorily solved. It will not do to urge that the Khilafat question can never be solved without complete independence. We are discussing merely the theory. It is common cause that if the Khilafat question cannot be solved without complete independence, i.e., if the British people retain hostile attitude towards the aspirations of the Islamic world, there is nothing left for us to do but to insist upon complete independence. India cannot afford to give Britain even her moral support and must do without Britain's support, moral and material, if she cannót be induced to be friendly to the Islamic world. But assuming that Great Britain alters her attitude, as I know she will when India is strong, it will be religiously unlawful for us to insist on independence. For it will be vindictive and petulant. It would amount to a denial of God, for the refusal will then be based upon the assump tion that the British people are not capable of response to the God in man. Such a position is untenable for both a believing Musalman and a believing Hindu. India's greatest glory will consist not in regarding Englishmen as her implacable enemies fit only to be turned out of India at the first opportunity but in turning >bペ