In the middle of 1896 Gandhi sailed for India, and after twenty-four days landed at Calcutta. From there he went to Rajkot. It was a happy family reunion when kasturbai welcomed him their two sons.
But the plight of the Indians in South Africa
was so much on his mind that the could not be content to enjoy domestic
bliss in peace. He therefore launched a campaign to acquaint the people of
India with the real condition of the Indians in South Africa.
He met the editors of influential newspapers
and important Indian leaders, including Lokamanya B. G. Tilak, the hero of
Maharashtra, and Gopal Krishna Gokhale who, like Gandhi, was already famous
at the age of twenty-seven.
Wherever Gandhi went, he tried to make the
people aware of the lot of their compatriots reached South Africa long
before Gandhi returned there.
Meanwhile, plague broke out in Bombay and
threatened to spread to neighboring areas. In Rajkot Gandhi volunteered to
join a group who tried to educate the people about the need for sanitation
and other measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
At the end of November, however, Gandhi
received an urgent message from Natal asking him to return immediately there
were some developments which required his presence there. So Gandhi set sail
for South Africa once more, taking with him Kasturbai and their two sons and
also the only son of his widowed sister.