As Indian premier Narendra Modi commemmorates the Father of the Nation-Mohandad Karamchand Gandhi's contribution in South Africa, the former encounters history as it is, taking a ride in the same train from where the latter was thrown out.
That is when the seed of equality was sowed and South Africa saw an emerging figure, a champion in the cause of equality.
Here's recollecting the day as it unfolded into a revolution.
On June 7, 1893, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was travelling in an all-whites carriage. He was thrown out of the train at Pietermaritzburg for not obeying the segragation that was maintained in all the trains. A young practicing lawyer from India, this incident proved to be a turning point in his life that influenced his struugles for equality.
In the early 1900s, Gandhi was instrumental in protesting against the policies of segregation in South Africa, especially the ones that affected the Indians. This segregation affected the lives of Indians in a major way as they were forced to pay £3 poll tax for their race.
Gandhi formulated strategies of passive resistance to protest the discrimination. In fact, the resistance influenced civil rights movements across the world and was later known as Satyagraha or the force which is born out of Truth, Love and non-violence.
Gandhiji was even jailed for designing this kind of protest.