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He founded a community called Phoenix. It became the headquarters for Indian politics. Forty to fifty followers of Gandhi lived at Phoenix. There, they promoted the simple way of life. In 1905 there was a new law before the South African legislature called the Asiatic Law Agreement. The law was to prevent further Asian immigration to South Africa. The whites did not want any more colored people. 35 Gandhi Book 9/17/07 2:00 PM Page 36 Under the new law, all Indians over the age of eight had to carry a registration card.

But Gandhi’s firm belief in vegetarianism forbade this. Gandhi treated Manilal himself. He gave his son many hot baths and had him drink orange juice and diluted milk. Gandhi remained at the boy’s side for forty days. Manilal finally recovered. Gandhi called it a blessing from God for his own faithfulness to his principles. 34 Gandhi Book 9/17/07 C H 2:00 PM A P Page 35 T E R 7 Gandhi bought eighty acres of fertile soil in South Africa. He founded a community called Phoenix. It became the headquarters for Indian politics.

Some blamed him for the fact that now India had been separated. Some traditional Hindus clung to the belief that the untouchables had to be 57 Gandhi Book 9/17/07 2:00 PM Page 58 maintained in a lower position. They resented Gandhi’s efforts to free the untouchables from their burdens. From among these angry people came thirtyfive-year-old Nathuram Godse, a newspaper editor. He began to plot against Gandhi. On January 25, 1948, Gandhi arrived at a prayer meeting in good spirits. He had been told that tolerance was growing among Hindus and Muslims.

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