Act VI, Scene 4(Surat Congress. The Moderates, the Nationalists, the Revolutionaries and the members of the different parties. Tilak, Lajpat Rai, Aurobindo, Rash Behari Ghosh, Surendranath Banerjee and many other leaders. A wild uproar arises over the Presidential election. At last they decide on their respective voting strength. Suren Banerjee, leader of the Moderate Party, stands up.)
SUREN BANERJEE: I propose Dr. Rash Behari Ghosh to the chair.
TILAK (getting up): I propose Lala Lajpat Rai to the chair.
THE MODERATES (addressing Tilak): Sit down, please sit down.
THE NATIONALISTS: How dare you, you fellows? One more shout at our Tilak Maharaj and you get the lesson of your life.
THE MODERATES: Don't yell. Your force is in your throat; ours in our arms.
(Chairs and tables are hurled about by the Moderates. The Nationalists, too, hit them back. Amid a great uproar there starts an exchange of blows.)
TILAK: I declare the Congress closed.
THE MODERATES: Shut up, you deliberate breaker of the Congress.
(One could read on the self-composed face of Sri Aurobindo his poignant thought.)
AUROBINDO: Alas, is this the India of my dream?
(The police come in to restore order. In silence Tilak, Aurobindo and some of the leaders leave the spot.)