Gandhi Arrives in South Africa

gandhiface… After he was trained as a barrister he returned to India. He received an offer of work in South Africa and boarded a ship for Durban in May 1893.

He could not have imagined at that moment that he would spend 20 years of the formative period of his life here and in the process, he would not only transform the South African scene, but would himself be transformed in a dramatic and unpredictable manner. Racial discrimination was rife and was practiced deliberately.

Very soon he had formed an association of all Indian settlers to try to improve things. In his legal practice “I realized that the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder.  The lesson was so indelibly burnt into me that a large part of my time during the twenty years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromises of hundreds of cases. I lost nothing thereby, not even my money, certainly not my soul”.

Source:  Mahatma Gandhi His Life and Influence by Chandra Kumar and Mohinder Puri.