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dated July 14, 1953: J.C. Kumarappa Explains

Gandhian economist and social worker, Mr. J.C. Kumarappa said in a statement that due to the effects of a stroke he had suffered 15 years before, and a recurrence of it in May 1953, he had been advised by doctors to take rest.

"I placed this medical recommendation before the Seva Sangh asking for leave to retire.

"The Sangh requested me not to retire completely but to slow down my tempo of work and help with advice and guidance. This I am trying to do. My stepping out of the track has given rise to a number of speculative comments.

"Some thought that this was due to internal differences within the Sarvodaya group. We do have differences but none so-strong as to warrant any deviation from the main purpose, and to cause me to run away from the work Gandhiji allotted to me.

"Some objected to my activities after I studied nation-building work in People's China and Soviet Russia feeling I was hobnobbing with Communist, and such contacts were undesirable. I replied if they are violent, believers in non-violence should be by their side to neutralize on their violence."

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