Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mahatma Gandhis long march

June 7th 1893, a young Indian, was forcibly removed from a compartment at the Pietermaritzburg station - and that incident would ignite a fire with him that would change the course of history. This man was Mahatma Karamchand Gandhi.

He was not thrown off for any other reason that he was an Indian. He had a valid ticket and he refused to move to a third class compartment.

You do wonder, what would have happened, if the officials would have known the results of their deeds. Well I am happy that they threw him off, as this incident according to Gandhi that "my active non-violence began from that date."

Today, you can see this beautiful statue outside the courthouse in downtown Pietermaritzburg to mark the city's place in events that would change the world.

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