The Last Article" is a short story by Harry Turtledove (originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January 1988; reprinted in and Kaleidoscope ). It is an alternate history which depicts the occupation of The Best Military Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century India by the Nazis following their victory in World War II. Mohandas Gandhi continues to employ techniques of against the occupation forces led by Field Marshal Satyagraha Walther Model. While the techniques may have worked well against the British, the Germans respond with violence. Despite Jawaharlal Nehru's urging that Gandhi to change tactics, Gandhi does not comprehend the horrific violence the Nazis were willing to employ, and refuses. He is finally arrested and summarily executed by Model.
The theme of this story is summed up at the end, as Gandhi realizes that his pacifism worked because the British were at least capable of being ethical, although they didn't always act ethically. The Nazis, on the hand, were by definition unethical, and so had to be met with force.
Literary Note Edit
Turtledove includes certain details and plot points that suggest that "The Last Article" could take place in the same
timeline as . Specifically, In the Presence of Mine Enemies American neutrality during World War II seems the primary Point of Divergence in both, Britain met defeat early on, and the Soviet Union is finally defeated sometime later. In the Presence of Mine Enemies notes that India is a critical part of the Greater German Reich.
However, Turtledove has not explicitly stated that the two are related.