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Why did Gandhi agree to a settlement of 25 percent refund to the farmers?

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For Gandhi, it was not the money but the principles that were of utmost importance. He believed that the very fact that the British landlords surrendered was of more significance than the percentage of refund. He wanted the poor farmers to realize that they too had rights and that they need not really live in fear of the British landlords.  

Therefore, although he had initially quoted a 50 percent refund, he later agreed to a settlement of 25 percent refund to the farmers. Besides, Gandhi was interested in long- term solutions rather than immediate benefits.His decision was proved right when, years later, the British landlords decided to leave their estates, putting an end to the sharecropping arrangement.

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