For a World of Peace and Nonviolence!

CHRONOLOGY 1894

1894

 

 

At this time took to serious  religious study. Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God Is within You overwhelmed him. Corresponded with Christian friends in England. Also wrote to religious thinkers in India,  like Raychandbhai whose replies to his questions on Hinduism reassured him.

1894

May

22 (?)

At meeting of prominent Indian  merchants set up committee to agitate against discriminatory legislation.

1894

June

27

Sent telegrams to Speaker of Natal LegislativeAssembly, Prime Minister Robinson and Attorney-General Escombe, asking for  postponement of consideration of Franchise Law Amendment Bill till Indian petition was  presented. Discussion of Bill deferred by two days.

1894

June

28

Submitted to Legislative Assembly petition, signed by 500 Indians, opposing Bill and asking for Commission of Enquiry.

1894

June

29

Waited in deputation of Premier; requested for week's time to present the Indian case more exhaustively.

1894

July

1

Attended and addressed meeting of Indians in Field Street.

1894

July

3

Led deputation to Natal Governor and urged him not to sanction the Franchise Bill which received third reading in Assembly.

1894

July

5

Initiated correspondence with Dadabhai Naoroji seeking his intervention in England on behalf of South African Indians.

1894

July

6

Indians presented second petition to Legislative Council pressing for the rejection of the Franchise Bill.

1894

July

7

Franchise Bill received third reading in Council.

1894

July

10

Petitioned Governor requesting postponement of dispatch of the Bill to the Imperial Government for Royal assent, pending  Indian petition to the latter.

1894

July

17

Submitted to Natal Government lengthy mass petition signed by 10,000 Indians, addressed to Lord Ripon, Secretary of  State for Colonies.

1894

 

 

Settled down in Natal to continue public work.

1894

August

22

Established Natal Indian Congress to carry on sustained agitation against discriminatory legislation, becoming its first  Secretary; also Colonial-born Indians Association.

1894

September

3

Allowed by Supreme Court to practice in Natal Courts, despite opposition by Natal Law Society. In court, asked to remove turban, obeyed to conform to court practice and to reserve his strength for  "fighting bigger battles".

1894

September

19

Appeared in Gopi Maharaj case, probably his first in South Africa, and won. But subordinated legal career to public work.

1894

November

26

Indicated growing interest in Esoteric Christianity by becoming agent for selling its literature.

1894

December

prior to 19
(prior to 19)

Addressed documented "Open  Letter" to Natal Legislators.

1894

December

19

Circulated  appeal among Europeans in Natal for sympathetic approach to problem of Indian settlers.