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ASHFAQULLA KHAN

Money in Plenty, But....

After a few days the revolutionaries met. Members from Kasi, Kanpur, Lucknow and
Agra attended the meeting. Ramaprasad explained his plans to the members. He said,

"If we loot the money belonging to the Government, we will get enough for our activities. Moreover we will not have to harm our own people for money. The task is difficult. It needs to be done with great care. But our efforts will bring excellent rewards. The Government also will come to know that the revolutionaries do not merely talk but act."

The members liked his idea. They were eager to do acts, which would show their courage and strength. Therefore almost everyone said, "It is good. It is anexcellent idea."

Ashfaq listened silently. From the day he had heard it from Ramaprasad, he had thought about it thoroughly.

But now everyone was saying. "Yes, yes, let us go ahead." He did not think it right to
sit. Quietly. So he got up and said, "Friends, I consider it a hasty step. It may be a good plan in some ways. But let us think of our strength and the strength of the Government. In an ordinary dacoity, much money is not involved. Besides, the Government will treat it as one of the many usual occurrences. So we shall have to face only what the police normally do in such cases. it will be a different tale when we meddle with money belonging to Government. The entire Government machinery will be used to trace and crush us. In my opinion we cannot escape detection and punishment. Our party is not strong enough. Let us drop this plan."

But the revolutionaries were caught up in a flood of enthusiasm; they were not prepared to listen to sense. After debating the plan for a long time they decided to go ahead and entrusted the task to Rama prasad. At the outset he gave a word of caution. He said, "Friends, we should not fire at any one unless they fire at us. As far as possible let us do this deed without bloodshed." The meeting broke up.

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Friends, I consider it a hasty step
About Ashfaqulla Khan
Introduction
The Lion Among Men
Toward Revolution
Revolutionaries Come Together
We Need Money But Where Is It?
Here It Is !
You are Here! Money in Plenty, But...
The Train Is Stopped
Alas! Another Train in sight!
Here's The Money !
The Lion Escapes
A Friend Betrays!
The British Court Of Justice
Poetry Kindled By Revolutionary Zeal
In The Dark Shadow Of Death
An Indian Lives And Dies For India
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