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CHRONOLOGY 1905

1905

January

10

Spoke at opening  ceremony of library in Durban.

1905

January

13

Wrote to G.K. Gokhale  regarding Indian Opinion and his intention to open a school for Indian children.

1905

February

17

Visited Cape Town  accompanied by Parsee Rustomjee; left for Johannesburg.

1905

March

4

Delivered first  lecture on Hindu religion at Theosophical Society, Johannesburg.

1905

March

9

Spoke at function held  in Johannesburg to bid farewell to L.W. Ritch.

1905

March

11

Second lecture on  Hindu religion.

1905

March

18

Third lecture on Hindu  religion.

1905

March

25

Fourth and final  lecture on Hindu religion.

1905

April

7

Sent memorial to Natal  Legislative Assembly regarding Bills "to amend and consolidate the law relating to  the Municipal Corporations" and to regulate "use of firearms".

1905

May

 

Was learning Tamil  about this time.

1905

May

6

Made efforts to  collect funds for earthquake relief in India.

1905

June

7

Presented address to  Lord Selborne, new High Commissioner.

1905

June

(post)  9

Visited Durban and  Phoenix Settlement.

1905

June

16

Spoke at meeting of  Natal Indian Congress at Durban.

1905

July

1

Gandhi criticized  Natal Bills concerning licences, private Locations and tax on unoccupied rural lands and  occupied dwelling houses. British Indian Association represented to High Commissioner that  municipal legislation discriminatory of Colored persons in Orange River Colony could be  vetoed by lt.-Governor.

1905

July

8

Gandhi asked, in Indian  Opinion, for abolition of salt-tax in India.

1905

July

13

British Indian  Association protested against clause 3 of Ordinance vesting control of Asiatic Bazaars in  Town Councils.

1905

July

14

Sought from  Johannesburg town Council assurance of facilities to Indians traveling in trams.

1905

July

15

Criticized, in Indian Opinion, Cape Immigration Act.

1905

July

After 17

Wrote to The Daily  Express challenging correspondent’s low estimate of the number of Indian traders  resident in Pietersburg before Boer War.

1905

July

20

Partition of Bengal  announced.

1905

July

22

Gandhi called upon  South African politicians to reconsider treatment of British Indians in light of  Indian’s contribution to defense of Empire.

1905

August

5

Contributed 10  Shilling to Edwin Arnold Memorial Fund.

1905

August

9

Poll-Tax Bill passed  by Natal Legislative Council.

1905

August

12

Gandhi commended, in Indian Opinion, Lord Selborne’s pronouncement that administrative injustice to  natives was a blot and a disgrace.

1905

 

 

Welcomed Natal  legislate’s rejection of Locations and Land Tax Bills, and Transvaal Supreme  Court’s judgment permitting transfer of religious property in the name of Colored  persons.

1905

August

14

Denied, in letter to  Haji Habib, that his lectures on religion were critical of any religion or intended to  hurt anyone.

1905

August

19

Called for united  opposition to Bengal partition and supported boycott of British goods.

1905

August

26

Praised British  Association for Advancement of Science and hoped it would one day meet in India; commented  on Curzon’s term of viceroyalty.

1905

August

30

British Indian  Association objected to application to Indians of Municipal Location Bye-laws for Colored  persons in Orange River Colony.

1905

September

1

British Indian  Association objected to rule requiring Indian refugees to furnish European references.

1905

September

2

Gandhi attributed  Japan’s rise to Mikado’s orders to armed forces concerning education and right  conduct.

1905

September

5

Natal Indians objected  to Government’s proposal to throw open Indian school to Colored children and to make  no distinction in education of boys and girls.

1905

 

 

Peace between Russia  and Japan signed at Portsmouth.

1905

September

9

Gandhi condemned, in Indian Opinion, maltreatment of Chinese miners.

1905

September

16

Gandhi considered  Gokhale outstanding among candidates for president ship of Indian National Congress.

1905

September

30

Criticized  Transvaal’s contentious Ordinances touching rights of Colored persons.

1905

October

7

Urged Indians in South  Africa to make suitable provision for education.

1905

 

 

Condemning intolerance  of Bhownaggree’s moderate opinion, held that calm reasoning alone would get full  measure of justice for India.

1905

 

 

Dada Osman’s  appeal for trading license dismissed by Licensing board, Durban.

1905

October

9

Potchefstroom Indian  Association presented address and statement to Lord Selborne.

1905

October

14

Gandhi led deputation  to Lord Selborne at Potchefstroom.

1905

 

 

Warned South African  Indians against plague outbreak.

1905

 

 

Welcomed reported move  in India to abolish salt-tax.

1905

October

24

Received Prof.  Parmanand and acted host to him.

1905

October

28

At Johannesburg  reception, introduced Prof. Parmanand. Proposed that Natal Indian Congress set up licences  committee. Hailed progress of swadeshi movement in Bengal.

1905

November

1

Called for communal  harmony in Bengal to strengthen anti-partition agitation.

1905

November

11

Writing about  Gokhale-Lajpat Rai delegation to England on behalf of Indian National Congress, appealed  to Colonial statesmen to treat India, "an integral part of the Empire", with  every consideration.

1905

 

 

Drew attention to  hardships of Indian passengers on ships bound for South Africa.v

1905

November

13

Deputation of Asiatic  National Convention, waiting on Lt.-Governor of the Transvaal, demanded board of control  to consider applications for entry into Colony.

1905

November

18

Gandhi drew attention  to discrimination against Japanese in British Colonies.

1905

 

 

Asked British Indian  league of Cape Colony to oppose immigration law.

1905

November

25

Called for revision of  poll-tax rules and its discretionary applications to poor Indians.

1905

November

29

Led British Indian  deputation to Lord Selborne to protest against treatment meted out to British Indians in  the Transvaal.

1905

December

2

Criticized prison  conditions at Stanger.

1905

 

 

Commended Vande  Mataram as India’s national anthem.

1905

December

4

As Secretary, British  Indian Association, bade farewell to Sir Arthur Lawley, Governor-designate of Madras.

1905

December

6

Cape Colony Supreme  Court decided Natal Indians had right of domicile in Cape Colony, on basis of long  residence, even when unaccompanied by families.

1905

December

22

British Indians  Association protested to High Commissioner about bracketing of British Indians with  Colored persons in Orange River Colony draft ordinances.

1905

December

After 22

High Commissioner  turned down Indian request for amending definition of "Colored person" in  legislation.

1905

December

23

Gandhi commended cause  of education to Indian youth, citing Gokhale.

1905

 

 

Deprecated third-party  intervention in settlement of communal disputes in India.

1905

December

30

Reviewed position of  British Indians in South Africa during 1905 and appealed to Indians to continue struggle  "with reasonableness,… with patience and yet with persistence".

1905

 

 

Reviewed position of  British Indians in South Africa during 1905 and appealed to Indians to continue struggle  "with reasonableness,… with patience and yet with persistence".