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One of two feuding Mohammedan cousins living in Britain but of Indian origin seek the assistance of an Indian Barrister to travel to Britain and settle their matter in a court of law. The Barrister travels to Britain, and finds that all Asians are treated as coolies, and their status is worse than of servants. Despite of being dressed in a suit and a tie, he is thrown out of a first class train compartment; is asked to remove his cap in a court of law; asked to ride with the driver of the coach; and even shoved out on the footpath for daring to walk close to a bureaucrat's premises; beaten, and abused with no recourse to any justice. His attempts to grieve these issues is met with strong governmental and bureauctatic disapproval and opposition. Notwithstanding this, he settles the dispute between the two cousins out of court, and sets about trying to organize the local Asians to assert their rights, and even represents some of them in Court. Then he journeys to Durban, South Africa, ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Resistance without violence. Confrontation without enemies. Victory without losers.

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A compelling and powerful film about Gandhi's personal transformation
31 May 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

The script and editing are not perfect -- at a few points the film seems a little bit choppy -- yet watching "The Making of the Mahatma is a moving and powerful experience. Unlike documentaries that offer a didactic perspective on Gandhi's experiences and political endeavors in South Africa, this film provides a dramatically compelling narrative of his personal transformation from a London-educated lawyer to a symbol of human dignity in the face of repression. You will see how his ideas, ideals, and methods of practice developed organically, in relation to real-life influences. You will gain a new understanding of Gandhi -- not as a saint or as a person who was somehow "different" from the rest of us, but as a person who responded with immense creativity and conviction to the challenges of his time. I recommend this film to anyone who is even remotely interested in Gandhi.


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