gandhi paper 3 - Hanifa Ayunisa HS 114 MWF December 3, 2010...

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Hanifa Ayunisa HS 114 MWF December 3, 2010 Assignment # 3: Read Mohandas Gandhi's Autobiography , The Story of My Experiments with truth is the autobiography of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and this book is written by Gandhi, himself. This autobiography is about Gandhi’s life from early childhood until 1920. Gandhi writes about his experience keeping his vow for not eating meat and Gandhi’s struggling about discrimination among different races. Gandhi was so critical of British imperialism in South Africa because there were some discrimination between Indian people and British people in South Africa and. For example when Abdulla Sheth booked Gandhi a first class ticket, Gandhi could not get in because he was a ‘colored’ man. No matter how insisted Gandhi tried to get inside the train, he still could not get into the train because he was color man. After this accident, Gandhi began to think about his right “should I fight for my rights or go back to India” (Gandhi 97). There was an obvious discrimination that Gandhi just faced; there was color racism. Gandhi also found the truth that first and second class tickets were never issued to Indians. Knowing this truth, Gandhi felt there was a big discrimination in South Africa, and he did not want to let this injured moment just passed him by; he wanted to seek the way for the removal of the color prejudice. Gandhi tried to communicate with the railway authorities on his complain, and he got a letter reply that said “first and second class tickets would be issued to Indians who were properly dressed” (Gandhi 111). To be honest, Gandhi expected more than this answer, but still, he was a little bit relief about this answer.
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Another reason why Gandhi was also so critical of British imperialism in South Africa because of the unfair treatment that Indians could get in South Africa. Under the amendment law in 1886, it cleared that Indians could not get their justice because “Indian should pay of £ 3 as fee for entry into the Transvaal. They might not own land. . . . Indians might not walk on public footpaths, and might not move out of doors after 9 p.m. without a permit” (Gandhi 112). British people treated Indians very badly. It was clear that British people did not provide any justice for all of Indian people in South Africa because for them, all colored people were the same, and
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