Chennai, Dec 21 (BPNS)
The Madras High Court is organizing a two-day exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi as a lawyer. Titled, ‘Mahatma Gandhi –The Lawyer’, showcases how Gandhiji struggled to learn Indian laws while attempting to establish his professional practice in Mumbai after an education at the Inner Temple, London.
The two-day exhibition was inaugurated by the Madras High Court Acting Chief Justice, Justice T. Raja, and Justice P. N. Prakash of the Madras High Court.
The first client of the Mahatma as a lawyer was one Mamibai and Gandhiji was asked to pay a commission to a tout but being an upright person from a young age, he refused to pay even as senior lawyers earning heavily were also paying commissions to middlemen to get cases.
Excerpts from his autobiography, ‘My Experiments with Truth’ is displayed during the exhibition including how nervous he was while appearing for his first case. He mentions in his autobiography that his head was reeling while appearing in court and asked the agent to take the money back and engage some other lawyer.
Gandhi Museum in Madurai and Gandhi Study Centre in Chennai are jointly organizing the exhibition along with the Madras High Court.
The exhibition also showcases copies of certificate issued to Mahatma Gandhi accepting him as a member of Inner Temple on November 6, 1888. An order debarring the Mahatma from practicing law after he was convicted in a sedition case is also put on display at the exhibition.
The Mahatma walking out of a Durban court after the judge insisted him on removing the topi that he was wearing since childhood was also on display at the exhibition.