A meeting was called in a town and Gandhiji was going to address it.
wouldn't want to listen to him? The businessmen, the Brahmins, the Patels, the
Rajputs, the blacksmiths as well as the carpenters, the Telis and the cobblers,
all of them started going towards the meeting place.
people from the Bhangi hutments said, "Come, let us also attend the meeting. Our
Bapuji is coming. Shouldn't we go to listen to him?
meeting organizers recognised them, "Oh! They are the Bhangis! Oh no! Not here!
Go back! What are you doing here? You have nothing to do with the meeting!"
lords! Please let us stay here! Bapuji belongs to us also!"
someone had mercy on them and he asked the organisers to let them stay there and
arranged a place for them in a corner. "You can sit here but don't come and
lord, we won't go near anybody!"
meeting place was over crowded. As soon as Gandhiji came there people called
out, " Vande Mataram! (Our respect to the mother!) Mahatma Gandhi ki jay!" All
the people hailed out loudly.
went to the dais and looked around; he immediately spotted the Harijans sitting
in the corner, away from others.
enquired about it, "Why are those people sitting there?"
they are the Harijans!"
to sit along with others!"
organisers got confused.
said, "If you won't allow them to sit with other people, I will go to them."
he went to his beloved Harijans. Some people dared go along with him. The
Harijans were overjoyed to have Gandhiji among them. They blessed him heartily.
"Long live Gandhiji! May our Bapu live long!"