MAHATMA Gandhi paid a visit to Nottingham on October 17, 1931.
Clothed in white robes and accompanied by a personal assistant and armed bodyguards he arrived at Nottingham Midland Station.
The Indian pacifist was visiting his nephew, JV Joshi, a student at University College – forerunner of the University of Nottingham – who was doing work experience at Ericsson’s in Beeston Rylands.
The Post reported Gandhi’s arrival at the time, saying that the crowd of women and children gathered at Ericsson’s were curious, but never raised a cheer.
Unperturbed by the crowd’s reaction, Gandhi smiled continually and, with his nephew, moved on to 13 Linden Grove, at Beeston Rylands, home of Mr and Mrs Ernest Davies, where his nephew was lodging.
Gandhi modernised the National Congress party to push forward the drive for Indian independence and went to prison. On January 31, 1948, a year after India gained independence, Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic.
In 1995, the High Commissioner for India unveiled a plaque at the University of Nottingham.
By This is Nottingham. Posted October 29, 2009