By Anne E. Schraff
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Two Englishmen were killed by an Indian mob. British General E. H. Dyer was sent in to restore order. He banned all further demonstrations in the city. When ten to twenty thousand Indians gathered for a peaceful demonstration, Dyer ordered his troops to fire into the crowd. Gunfire rained on terrified people running for their lives. On that day, at least 379 died and hundreds were injured. Gandhi joined the rest of India in outrage against the atrocity. 43 Gandhi Book C 9/17/07 2:00 PM H P A T Page 44 E R 9 In 1920, Gandhi joined the Indian Home Rule League.
Her ashes were buried on the prison grounds. 54 Gandhi Book 9/17/07 2:00 PM Page 55 Soon after Kasturba’s death, Gandhi became ill with malaria. The British freed him. They were always afraid to have him die while he was in their custody. Gandhi walked from the prison on May 6, 1944. This was his last prison stay. He had spent two thousand and eighty-nine days in Indian prisons and two hundred and forty-nine days in South African prisons. Gandhi now focused all his attention on uniting Hindus and Muslims and gaining independence for India.
The meals consisted of sixteen ounces of goat’s milk, three slices of toast, two oranges, and a handful of grapes or raisins. He preached the simple, traditional way of life. He spun cotton himself several hours each day. In the community of Sabarmati, cotton was planted. Only homespun clothing was worn. Gandhi prayed daily, chanting, “Rama, Rama, Rama” (“God, God, God”). 45 Gandhi Book 9/17/07 2:00 PM Page 46 Gandhi wrote articles critical of British rule. He accused the British of shaking their "gory claws" into the face of India.
Mahatma Gandhi by Anne E. Schraff