The Story of Gandhi

The Story of Gandhi


Written by : Rajkumari Shanker

Table of Contents

  1. Birth And Childhood
  2. Preparation for England
  3. In England
  4. Back In India
  5. In South Africa
  6. In India
  7. Back In South Africa
  8. Indian National Congress
  9. In South Africa Again
  10. Assault
  11. Tolstoy Farm
  12. Returned To India
  13. Establishment of Satyagraha Ashram
  14. Benaras Speech
  15. Champaran Satyagraha
  16. Ahmedabad Mill-Workers Satyagraha
  17. Rowlatt Act
  18. Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre
  19. In Prison
  20. Salt Satyagraha
  21. Sevagram
  22. Cabinet Mission Plan
  23. Quit India
  24. He Ram!!!

About This Book

Written by : Rajkumari Shanker
First Edition :1969
I.S.B.N :81-7011-064-5
Published by :Children's Book Trust,
Nehru House, 4
Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg,
New Delhi 110 002,
© CBT, 1969


Chapter-2: Preparation for England

With a classmate
Figure 1: With a classmate

After passing his high school examination, Mohandas joined the Samaldas College at Bhavnagar. As he did not fined the classes interesting, he returned home after the first term.
There a big surprise awaiting him. His eldest brother and family friend suggested that Mohandas should go to England to study and become a barrister. Mohandas was thrilled. Here was a chance for him to see the world.
But his mother did not like the idea of his going to England. She did not want her youngest son to stay away from her. There was also the problem of money. Moreover, she feared that Mohandas would lose his caste if he crossed the ocean. The family friend assured her that there would be no much difficulty and everything would be all right. But his mother was still opposed to the idea.
'I know many reasons why it is dangerous for a Hindu to leave India,' she explained to him. 'You will have to eat meat. They drink wine there and you will be tempted to drink wine. Then you might fall into bad company, and there are many other temptations which may spoil you.'
'No, mother,' said Mohandas. 'I am no longer a child. I can look after myself.'
He pleaded with her to allow him to go, and he took a vow not to eat meat, not to drink, and not to touch a woman. Putlibai at last gave in and allowed him to go to England. When he left Rajkot for Bombay, because he had to leave behind his mother, his wife, and his son who was only a few months old.
On September 4, 1888, Mohandas left Bombay for England. Dressed in western style, he stood on the deck as the ship slowly steamed out of the harbour. He was sad, but he was also excited.
Mohandas never forget his first morning on board. He wore a black suit, a white shirt, a stiff collar pinched him. It was quite a job to knot his tie property. The tight, short coat also made him ill at ease. He thought that Indian dress was much more comfortable. Yet a glance in the mirror made him feel proud of himself. He thought he looked very impressive.
Mohandas was shy. He rarely left his cabin. He even ate his food there alone. He was not sure of all those unknown dishes served on the shop. He thought they might contain meat. He did not wish to break his vow to his mother, so he lived mainly on the sweets he had taken with him.