We continue from where we left off in part 1.
In his arrival to South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi was quickly appalled by racial segregation and the discrimination which was being faced by the Indian immigrants in the presence of the Boer and the British authorities.
On Gandhi’s first time visit to appear in a Durban courtroom, he was asked to remove his turban. He did not obey the order and immediately left the court. He was mocked by the Natal Advertiser in prints as they referred to him as “an unwelcome visitor”
On June, 7th 1893, a seminal moment took place in Gandhi’s life. It was a train trip destined for Pretoria when a white man objected his presence in the first-class railway compartment, yet he had a ticket. Gandhi refused to move to the back of the train and he was forced to alight and he was thrown off the train when they arrived in Pietermaritzburg. His act was viewed as civil disobedience by the white men. From that time henceforth, Gandhi decided to start a fight on what he called “deep disease of color prejudice”.
That night, he made a vow to try as much as his ability to root out the disease and he was ready to suffer hardship in the process. From that night, Gandhi would grow into a giant force for the rights of the civils.
In 1983, the Natal Indian Congress was formed by Gandhi with the aim of fighting the discrimination that was being practiced by the white against Africans and other races. When his long contract was over, he began to prepare to return to India until he learned at his party (farewell party) of a bill before the Natal Legislative assembly that deprived the Indians their voting rights. Gandhi was convinced by the fellow immigrants to stay and be the leader and the head of the fight against the legislation. Though he could not prevent the passage of the law, Gandhi drew the international attention to the injustice practices exercised by the white.
Gandhi returned to South Africa together with his wife and children after his brief trip to India. This was between the late 1896 and early 1897. He ran a thriving legal practice and the outbreak of the Boar war. In order to support the British cause, Gandhi raised an all –Indian ambulance corps of a total of 1,100 volunteers, as he argued that Indians were to be granted the right of full citizenship in any of the British Empire as well as shouldering their responsibilities.