In London, the government made elaborate arrangements to see that Gandhi
, who came for the Second Round Table Conference, does not attract huge crowds.
A hotel room was booked for him for his stay, but Gandhi chose to stay at Kingsley Hall, a social service center in the East End where the city Mayor, and his councilors, physicians, lawyers, priests and a large number of people from all walks of life had been waiting to receive the great leader from India.
’s kindliness and his humor enchanted the people and soon he became a great talk of the town. “You people wear plus-fours, and I wear minus-four” was his answer when asked why he chose to wear only a loin-clothe. The next morning newspapers were full of reports and pictures of Gandhi’s arrival and the rest of it.
There were 112 delegates in the Round Table Conference
. Of them 20 were representatives of the British Government. 23 others were either maharajas from India or their representatives. 64 were the delegates from British India, chosen by the viceroy, except Gandhi and few others.
was the first to speak at the conference on the second day, as there was no general meeting on the opening day. Gandhi spoke on what his party, the Indian National Congress, stood for, what the country’s social situation was like, and he touched on the predicament of the people of the princely states and the opulent, lavish and extravagant life style of the rulers.