Back to Mother India
He was in the typical European dress while in South Africa, but he landed back in Bombay, dressed the way the people in his home town did, a long shirt, a dhoti around his waste, a duppatta around his neck and a big turban in clothe around his head.
He was not known much in India, except a few intellectuals and some leaders. But his return to India made a big news in Indian newspapers. When the news reporters of India surrounded him he just told them: ‘I was away for quite a long time. And I have not followed the happenings here properly. Let me be here for sometime before I would be able to tell you something about it.’
Not just that India did not know much about him, he too did not know much about his country. And so he undertook a journey all over India, with a view to studying what his country was like and how his countrymen lived.
He also founded an ashram, a hermitage, called Satyagraha Ashram with some twenty five men and women as inmates. “They took vows of truth, non-violence, celibacy, non-stealing, non-possession and control of the palace and dedicated themselves to the service of the people”.