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Gandhi's public life in India commenced in February of 1916, when he gave a speech at  the opening of the new Hindu University in the city of Benares. The speech was typical  of Gandhi, as he urged the assembled, westernized Indians that they would never be  worthy of self-government unless they looked out for their less fortunate brethren. He  then went on to catalogue the awful living conditions of the lower classes that he had  observed during his travels around India–with a special focus, as always, on sanitation.  The speech enjoyed little popularity among the Indian intelligentsia, but Gandhi hardly  cared. He had begun to approve of the idea of home rule, but he had no interest in  exchanging government by a British elite for rule by an Anglicized Indian elite. If  swaraj 
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  • Fall '07
  • Siegenthaler
  • Gandhi, home rule, awful living conditions, late years–the fast., striking Ahmedabad mill­workers, new Hindu University, Anglicized Indian elite.

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