After becoming a Barrister from Europe he went to South Africa to find a job. He went there with a Muslim businessman as his servant.
anyone know that he was going to earn something unique from that unknown
from the moment he set his foot on the soil of South Africa he had a feeling of
suffocation. There he found the Indians being insulted all the time.
and young ones were treated alike.
A lot of
Hindu people had gone there as labourers or coolies. That is why the white
people called all of them as labourers. A businessman was called a labourer
businessman. An advocate was called a labourer advocate and Gandhiji was called
a labourer barrister.
the Britishers looked down upon the Hindi people. They felt insulted in keeping
contact with the Indians. They would not allow Indians to travel with them on
trams, railways or in a coach. They were not allowed to enter the cafeterias.
They even hated the labourers walking on the streets. Then how could they be
invited to a programme?
learned and rich Hindi people also had to bear such insult. They thought that it
was no use in making an issue of this treatment in a foreign country. They
decided that they would keep mum about it so as to earn money and get respect in
their own country. All of them thought like this.
Gandhiji could not tolerate this. He too was insulted there time and again. But,
instead of pocketing insults silently like other Indians residing in South
Africa, he tried to resist. He was abused, called names and pushed also. He
never retorted or behaved like them but all the same, he would not be afraid or
even surrender. It was unbearable.
come there with a barrister to practice his occupation. So the man took Gandhiji
to the court in Durban.
Gandhiji wore western outfit, he wore the Indian turban on his head. When he
went to the courtroom to sit with the pleaders he had the turban on his head.
was amazed to look at this new barrister. He considered Gandhiji's wearing a
turban as an insult to the court.
at him for some time and then asked him to take off the turban.
could not bear the insult. He thought that it was better to be beheaded than to
take the turban off his head.
not remove the turban and left the court.