Leaders from different parts of the country had assembled at Gandhi's Ashram on the eve of the Civil Disobedience Campaign. Lala Lajpatrai of Punjab, Vitthalbhai Patel, and others were among the visitors. Both Lala Lajpatrai and Vitthalbhai Patel, sat down for their meal at the Ashram. But there were a number of stray dogs around. They made it impossible for anyone to eat in peace. So when Lalaji sat down to lunch, Mahatmaji stood guard preventing the dogs from coming near. "During his recent tour round the country, I was an eye-witness of the homage and almost royal honours paid to Mahatmaji by the people at large. And now when I saw him busily engaged in the task of driving away the Ashram dogs, I compared the (two) pictures in my mind, and to me it seemed that both were equally appropriate."
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