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Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi--VOL003

Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi--VOL003

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This are the volumes form the revised - erroneous - version of the CWMG as published on the CD-Rom "Mahatma Gandhi - Interactive Multimedia - Electronic Book" in 1999. Page and volume nos. are not identical with the original print version of the 1960's-1990's. The content of this CWMG version is to be credited as "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (Electronic Book), New Delhi, Publications Division Government of India, 1999, 98 volumes"
Vol.003- August 1, 1902 - May 21, 1904
This are the volumes form the revised - erroneous - version of the CWMG as published on the CD-Rom "Mahatma Gandhi - Interactive Multimedia - Electronic Book" in 1999. Page and volume nos. are not identical with the original print version of the 1960's-1990's. The content of this CWMG version is to be credited as "The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (Electronic Book), New Delhi, Publications Division Government of India, 1999, 98 volumes"
Vol.003- August 1, 1902 - May 21, 1904

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JOHANNESBURG,

March 30, 1903

ON THE POSITION OF THE BRITISH INDIANS IN THE TRANSVAAL

The license to Suliman Ismail at Rustenburg has been granted.
As to the license to Hoosen Amod at Wakkerstroom, His
Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor declines to interfere, as there is a
Location there. If this principle were to be established, nearly every
Indian store-keeper must become insolvent. But what is more, the
Location in Wakkerstroom is not for Indians. A site was certainly
fixed by the late Government, but it remains totally unoccupied to the
present day. And such as it is, it is situated two miles from the Town.
These Acts have been placed before H.E. with a prayer for
reconsideration.

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The following item.

VOL. 3 : 1 AUGUST, 1902 - 21 MAY, 1904

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In Pietersburg (please read the reference to the matter in the
Statement submitted to Mr. Chamberlain1

), some Indians, Who did not
trade there before War, were last Bar granted licenses to trade in Town.
They have imported large stock. Last December the Magistrate gave
them notice that, after 31st March, they would not receive licenses to
trade except in Location. It was brought to Ma Chambelain’s notice,
but the Supervisor of Asiatics said to him that he had seen the
Magistrate and that the notice will not be acted upon.
Despite the assurance, the Magistrate insisted on giving the
above notice to every Indian who applied for a renewal of his license.
The matter was, therefore, brought to the Supervisor’s notice, who
repeated what he had said before Mr. Chamberlain, but said he was
helpless, as the Assistant Colonial Secretary was against the applicants.
The matter was, thereupon, taken to the Colonial Secretary by
Mr. Lunnon, a well-known At solicitor of Pretoria, as also by Mr.
Gandhi. The Colonial Secretary assured them that, even if the Magis-
trate made it a condition before granting a quarterly license that he
should give notice as aforesaid, he, the Colonial Secretary, would see
that the licenses were renewed. The matter there ended for the time
being.

In February last, the quarterly licenses were issued. The
Magistrate did not give any notice.
But, on the 23rd March, he served a notice reminding the
store-keepers of the December notice above referred to. The Colonial
Secretary was approached. The Assistant Colonial Secretary replied
that the notice of December must be adhered to. A telegram has,
therefore, been sent to the Colonial Secretary, Mr. Davidson,
personally, as being the officer who gave the assurance to Messrs.
Lunnon and Gandhi. The matter has also been brought to the notice
of H. E. the Lieutenant-Governor. The quarter ends on Tuesday next.
No reply has been received up to the time of writing. It may be
mentioned that to Indians only are quarterly licenses granted, in itself
a great grievance. But these matters dwindle into insignificance before
the life-and-death struggle illustrated by the above instances. And all
these are merely symptoms of the disease. The anti-Asiatic laws still
remain. The Indians are, therefore, absolutely at the mercy of the
officers for such relaxation as they may grant in spite of the laws. H.

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Vide “Address to Chamberlain”, 7-1-1903

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THE COLLECTED WORKS OF MAHATMA GANDHI

E. has said that the whole question of legislation is to be dealt with
when the enlarged Legislative Council is formed.
These notes are sent to friends just to keep them informed of
what is going on, not necessarily for immediate action. For, by the
time they are in their hands, relief might have been granted by the
Government. Yet, they may be helpful for future action to explain
cables, if it becomes necessary to send any.

Colonial Office Records: C.O. 291/61.

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