7 June

 

7 June 1983: Mohandas Gandhi carried out first act of civil disobedience.

On 7 June 1893, Mohandas Gandhi, then a young Indian lawyer recently arrived in South Africa, was asked to shift from the first class compartment of a train even though he had a valid ticket, just because he was not white-skinned. He refused and told the railway officers that if they wanted to throw him out, they could but he would not go voluntarily. This act of standing up against injustice was, in effect, Gandhi’s first act of civil disobedience. And a lesson that he would never forget.

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