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CHRONOLOGY 1902

1902

January

19

Addressed public meeting at Albert Hall, Calcutta, on question of Indians in South Africa.

1902

January

27

Addressed second  meeting at Calcutta on work of Indian Ambulance Corps in Boer War.

1902

January

28

Sailed for Rangoon.

1902

January

31

Reached Rangoon.

1902

February

2

Some time after this  date, returned to Calcutta and stayed for several days with Gokhale.

1902

February

21  or 22

Was seen off by  Gokhale and Dr. P.C. Ray on tour of Benares, Agra, Jaipur and Palanpur en route to Rajkot,  travelling third class. Spent a day at each place; in Benares, called on Annie Besant.

1902

February

26

Reached Rajkot.

1902

 

 

Settled  down to practice, handling cases at Jamnagar, Veraval and other places in Kathiawar.

1902

March

26

Wrote to W.S. Caine, sending "Notes" on latest position in South Africa urging efforts by British  friends for redress of grievances of Indians.

1902

March

30

Forwarded  "Notes" to India.

1902

 

 

Sent Bhownaggree copy  of his resolution on South Africa adopted at Calcutta Congress.

1902

March

31

Writing to Khan and  Nazar, pleaded that, if his presence was essential, he should be recalled to South Africa  before he settle down in India.

1902

April

8

Wrote to Gokhale,  congratulating him on his budget speech in Imperial Legislative Council.

1902

April

22

Contributed special  article to The Times of India on Natal Bill to impose poll-tax on children of  indentured Indians, indirectly compelling their return to India.

1902

May

1

Jointed as Secretary,  State Volunteer Plague Committee in Rajkot at about this time when outbreak of plague was  feared.

1902

May

20

Wrote again to The  Times of India, furnishing text of Natal Bill recently passed and awaiting Imperial  sanction. Urged the paper to raise its voice against the injustice.

1902

May

31

Detailed,  in special article in Voice of India , hardships of new poll-tax law and hoped Lord Curzon would intervene and Chamberlain use his influence with Colonies on the side of  justice and fairplay.

1902

June

3

Urged his associates  in Durban in view of his own bad financial conditions, to furnish him with funds for  carrying on South African work.

1902

June

5

Bombay Presidency  Association forwarded memorial, prepared by Gandhi, to Secretary of State for India,  opposing Natal Act to amend Indian Immigration law by inclusion of poll-tax clause, and  demanding suspension of State-regulated emigration to Colony.

1902

July

10

Left Rajkot for Bombay  to set up legal practice there.

1902

July

11

Reached Bombay.

1902

August

1

Wrote to Gokhale,  mentioning his having secured office space in Bombay, and offering him his services.

1902

August

6

Spoke of difficulty in  legal profession, in letter to Devchand Parekh.

1902

November

3

Referred, in letter to  Shukla, to having received cable from Natal recalling him and to his having pleaded  inability to go because of physical weakness and children's ill-health.

1902

November

14

Communicated to  Gokhale intention to leave for South Africa on November 20.

1902

December

25

Arrived in Durban  before this date. Wrote to Natal Government, asking for change of date for deputation to  Secretary of State for Colonies.

1902

December

28

Led deputation of  Natal Indians to Chamberlain and presented memorial regarding grievances of Natal Indians.

1902

December

28  or 29

Obtained, with the  help of Police Superintendent Alexander, permit to enter the Transvaal for leading  Pretoria Indians' deputation to Chamberlain.