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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
The first edition of the “ Speeches and Writings of Gopal Krishna Gokhale” was published by me in 1908. The idea of publishing a second edition matured a few months before his death, and Mr. Gokhale himself was to have selected the matter. But that was not to be, and I have been denied the privilege of presenting him with a copy of this volume.
Every endeavour has been made to make this collection comprehensive and up-to-date. The full text of all his speeches in the Imperial Legislative Council has been given. To prevent ihe volume from assuming an inordinate size some matter had to be omitted. But nothing of any interest has been sacrificed. The omissions, which are few in number, are earlier utterances which speeches of a later date have superseded.
The first part includes all his utterances in the Supreme Legislative Council ; the second and third parts contain his important Congress speeches and his notable utterances on the South African Indian question; in the fourth part we have his
speeches in appreciation of Mr. A.0. Hume, Lord Northbrooke, Mr. Dadabhai Naoroji, Mr. Mahadev Govind Ranade, Mr. W. C. Bonnerjee, Sir P. M. Mehta, Sir William Wedderburn, and others; the. fifth part comprises a selection of miscellaneous speeches delivered in England and India. The sixth part contains his evidence before the Welby Commission and the full text of the Note prepared ty him for the Royal Commission on Decentralisation. In the Appendix will be found his paper on “East and West in India" read at the Universal Races Congress, and the Constitution of the Servants of India Society founded by him in 1905.
These speeches cover thirty years of a most strenuous, selfless and active public life and embrace the whole range of topics that have engaged and are still engaging the attention of the public. Full of instruction on every point and breathing in every line the moral fervour which was Mr. Gokhale's supreme characteristic, this volume, I venture to hope, will command wide popularity.
G. A. NATESAN.
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