February 21, 2014
Gandhi‚Äôs efforts to convince the British to end their colonial rule of India began in 1915. But before that, starting in 1893, he fought for the rights of Indians in South Africa. This brought him straight to the head of the Traansval government, General Jan Smuts. The story goes that when they met he quietly told the General ‚ÄúI‚Äôve come to tell you that I am going to fight against your government.‚Äù
Laughing, Smuts said ‚ÄúOh, really? Do you have anything else to tell me?‚Äù
‚ÄúYes,‚Äù says Gandhi, ‚ÄúI‚Äôm going to prevail.‚Äù
Smuts is astonished. ‚ÄúHow are you going to do that?‚Äù
Gandhi smiles ‚ÄúWith your help.‚Äù
Years later Smuts admitted that this is exactly what happened. ‚ÄúGandhi,‚Äù he said, ‚Äúappealed to what was best and most noble in me, and he never took advantage of me.‚Äù
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