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Gandhi Biopic marks start of 125th commemoration of Satyagraha in South Africa

Gandhi Biopic marks start of 125th commemoration of Satyagraha in South Africa

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On the night of June 7, 1893, Gandhiji, a young lawyer then, was thrown off the train's first class compartment at Pietermaritzburg station.

The screening of the biopic 'Making of a Mahatma' at Pietermaritzburg on 7th June 2018, marked the opening of a three-day series of events to commemorate the historic incident 125 years ago when Mahatma Gandhi was evicted from a train because the compartment he was in was reserved for whites only.

On the night of June 7, 1893, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a young lawyer then, was thrown off the train's first class compartment at Pietermaritzburg station for refusing to give up his seat.

The incident led him to develop his Satyagraha principles of peaceful resistance and mobilise people in South Africa and in India against the discriminatory rules of the British.

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