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The Green Pamphlet

The Grievances of the British Indians in South Africa: An Appeal to the Indian Public

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Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,354 / 44 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,867
Added to site: 2008.05.12
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ful arrest and got £20 and costs from the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice remarked that her treatment was "unjust, harsh, arbitrary and tyrannical". The result, however, of these three cases is that the Corporations are now clamouring for more powers and an alteration of the law, in order that they may, to put it bluntly, subject all Indians, irrespective of their position, to restrictions so that, as a member of the Legislative Assembly said on the occasion of the passing of the Immigration Bill of 1894, "the intention of the Colony to make the Indian's life more comfortable in his native land than in the Colony of Natal" may be fulfilled. In any other country, such instances would have excited the sympathy of all right-minded people and the decision quoted above would have been hailed with joy.

Some eight months ago, about 20 Indians, pure labourers on their way to the Durban market with vegetable baskets on their heads, a sufficient indication that they were not vagrants, were arrested at 4 o

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