PM Modi Visits South Africa Station Where Gandhi Was Thrown Off Train

PM Modi retraced Mahatma Gandhi’s train journey in South Africa as he traveled from Pentrich to Pietermaritzburg where Gandhi was thrown out of a train compartment that proved to be a turning point in his life. Modi travelled a distance of around 15 km, paying tribute to Gandhi’s fight against racial discrimination. On 7 June 1893, while Gandhi was on his way to Pretoriafrom Durban, a white man objected to his presence in afirst-class carriage, and he was ordered to move to the third-class compartment.Gandhi had a valid first-class ticket and refused to obeythe orders following which he was thrown out of the train atPietermaritzburg station in a winter night. He had stayed at the station that night in shivering cold and the bitter incident had played a major role in Gandhi’s decision to stay on in South Africa and fight the racial discrimination against Indians there.

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