MAHATMA GANDHI MEDIA AND RESEARCH SERVICE

Chronology of the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi (Ghandi)

1916

1916

January

1

Gandhi was presented  welcome address at Salej, native place of Pragji Desai.

1916

January

2

Gandhi presided over  annual celebrations of Arya Samaj at Surat and declared open a temple.

1916

January

3

Spoke at opening of  Jain Students’ Library, Patidar Youth Association, and Arya Samaj function at Surat.

1916

January

3

Attended receptions by  District Bar association and Saiyadpura Mahomedan Association and Islamic Library.

1916

January

4

Visited Kathor, native  place of Dawad Mahomed (President, Natal Indian congress) in Surat.

1916

January

5

Reception by people of  Navsari at Seervai Park. Gandhi extolled services of Koli Fakira and Parsi rustomjee in  South Africa.

1916

January

13

In letter to V.S.  Srinivasa Sastri, expressed his differences with methods of Servants of India Society.

1916

January

16

Appointment of Lord  Chelmsford as viceroy of India announced.

1916

January

17

Gandhi was presented  welcome address by Janahitartha Karyalaya at Bavla in Ahmedabad district.

1916

February

4

Lord Hardinge, Viceroy  of India, laid foundation stone of Benares Hindu University.

1916

February

5

Gandhi attended  anniversary celebrations of Nagari Pracharini Sabha, Kashi and spoke on value of Hindi.

1916

February

6

Spoke at Benares  University week meeting under president ship of Maharaja of Darbhanga. Princes and Mrs.  Besant left in protest. Meeting ended abruptly.

1916

February

7

In letter to Maharaja  of Darbhanga, explained his remarks about Viceroy.

1916

February

9

Arrived in Bombay.  Interview to Associated Press of India on Benares incident.

1916

February

10

Writing in New  India on Gandhi’s interview on the Benares incident, Mrs. Annie Besant denied she  had suggested to princes to leave and justified her interruptions.

1916

February

14

Gandhi read a paper on  swadeshi at Missionary Conference, Madras.

1916

February

16

Explained aims of  Satyagraha Ashram at Y.M.C.A. Madras.

1916

February

16

Addressed annual  meeting of Social Service League, Madras.

1916

February

16

at Y.M.C.A. Madras.

1916

February

16

Addressed annual  meeting of Social Service League, Madras. Young India commented on Benares  University incident.

1916

February

17

The Hindu, Madras,  published Gandhi’s letter on Mrs.Besant’s denial about Benares University  incident.

1916

February

17

Gandhi presided over  debate at Anderson Hall, Madras.

1916

February

19

Reached Poona on  invitation from Deccan Sabha and spoke at meeting on death anniversary of G.K. Gokhale at  Kirloskar theater.

1916

February

23

Returned to Ahmedabad.  Presised over public lecture delivered by D.K. Karve, founder of Indian Women’s  University.

1916

February

25

In article published  in The Leader, demanded immediate stoppage of system of indentured labor.

1916

February

26

Public reception in  Hyderabad (Sind).

1916

February

27

Unveiled portrait of  G.K. Gokhale in Holmstead Hall (Hyderabad (Sind).

1916

February

28

Visited Narishala,  Navalri Hiranand Academy, Nava Vidyalaya High School and Kundanmal Girls’ School. Met  Gujarati and Deccani residents of Hyderabad in Hirabag. Spoke on vaccination in Holmstead  Hall, Hyderabad (Sind).

1916

February

29

Welcome by  Citizens’ Association, Karachi; Gandhi unveiled portrait of G.K. Gokhale at  Khalihdina Hall; addressed from Gujarati Hindus.

1916

March

2

Gandhi spoke at  Karachi Bandhu Mandal reception; gave interview to Parsi Samsar on public life in  Sind.

1916

March

4

Bonar Law (Colonial  Secretary) in dispatch to Acting Governor of Fiji agreed to appointment of an  Inter-Department Committee and continuance of indenture system for another five years.

1916

March

20

In Imperial  Legislative Council, Madan Mohan Malaviya moved resolution urging abolition of system of  Indian indentured labor. Accepting the resolution, Viceroy announced that both Secretary  of State and Government had decided on its eventual abolition.

1916

March

20

Gandhi spoke at  Gurukul anniversary near Hardwar.

1916

March

30

Wrote to J.B. Petit  regarding details of satyagraha campaign expenses.

1916

April

4

Lord Chelmsford, new  Viceroy, arrived in Bombay. Demonstrations held. Lord Hardinge left India.

1916

April

19

Gandhi nominated  life-member of Gujarat Vernacular society.

1916

April

21 - 23

Discussions held at  .A.I.C.C. meeting at Allahabad regarding scheme of self-government for India.

1916

April

23

Lokamanya Tilak  founded first Home Rule League with headquarters at Poona.

1916

April

29 - May 1

Sessions of Bombay  Provincial Conference at Belgaum. Gandhi supported resolution on compromise among  political parties in the country following amendment of Article XX of Congress  constitution in 1915.

1916

April

30

Spoke at Belgaum on  "The Depressed Classes".

1916

May

7

Case against Lokmanya  Tilka opened in Poona Magistrate’s Court.

1916

May

13

Gandhi sent  wheat-powder (as substitute for tea) to students of Bhavnagar Jain boarding House.

1916

May

28

Madras Government  demanded security under Press Act from Annie Besant as printer of New India.

1916

June

4

Gandhi spoke on  untouchability at Conference of Friendly Associations of Communities, Ahmedabad.

1916

June

5

Spoke on Hindu caste  system on second day of the Conference

1916

June

After 7

wrote to Vinoba  Bhave’s father praising the young man’s asceticism.

1916

June

12

Annie Besant founded  Auxiliary Home rule League in London.

1916

June

24

Gandhi moved protest  resolution against Press Act at Bombay citizens’ meeting.

1916

July

Before 26

Wrote pamphlet  in Gujarati on hardships of railway passengers in India.

1916

July

27

Explained secret of  Satyagraha in South Africa at post-prayer meeting at Kochrab Ashram.

1916

August

12

Lokmanya Tilka ordered  to enter into bond for good behavior for one year; security given.

1916

September

21

Annie Besant founded  Home Rule League in Madras.

1916

October

21

At Bombay Provincial  Conference held at Ahmedabad, Gandhi proposed election of M.A. Jinnah as President.

1916

October

22

At Bombay Provincial  Conference, moved resolution protesting against working of Defense of India Act and  Government order prohibiting Annie Basant from entering Bombay Presidency.

1916

October

23

At Bombay Provincial  Conference, moved resolutions urging abolition of indenture system and removal of custom  cordon at Viramgam railway station and at other places on Kathiawar frontier.

1916

November

1

Annie Basant  prohibited from entering Central Provinces.

1916

November

9

Gandhi spoke at  Wadhwan (Saurashtra) on birth anniversary of Srimad Rajchandra.

1916

November

9

Bombay High Court  delivered judgment in favor of Lokamanya Tilak in security case.

1916

November

17

All-India Congress  Committee and Muslim League held joint conference at Calcutta.

1916

December

12

Gandhi wrote to A.H.  West regarding Passive Resistance Fund and India Opinion.

1916

December

22

Spoke on "Does  economic progress clash with real progress?" at Muir Central College Economic  Society, Allahabad, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya presiding.

1916

December

23

Spoke on modern system  of education at Allahabad public meeting, Pandit Malaviya presiding.

1916

December

26 - 30

Lucknow session of  Indian Congress under president ship of Ambika Charan Majumdar. Congress-League Scheme of  Reforms adopted; reunion of two wings of the congress; Tilak joined after 1907 Surat  split; Gandhi attended and moved resolutions on indentured

1916

December

27

New India published  Lionel Curtis’s letter to "Round Table:, London.

1916

December

29

Gandhi presided over  All-India Common Script and Common Language Conference at Lucknow.

1916

December

31

At Muslim League  session, report of Reforms Committee appointed at Bombay in 1915 was presented. M.A.  Jinnah’s resolution protesting against treatment of Indians in Colonies was adopted.  Gandhi attended session and spoke on Hindu-Muslim amity.