In South Africa, Gandhi faced the discrimination directed at all colored people. He was thrown off a train at Pietermaritzburg after refusing to move from the first-class. He protested and was allowed on first class the next day. Travelling farther on by stagecoach, he was beaten by a driver for refusing to move to make room for a European passenger.
He suffered other hardships on the journey as well, including being barred from several hotels. In another incident, the magistrate of a Durban court ordered Gandhi to remove his turban, which he refused to do. These events were a turning point in Gandhi's life and shaped his social activism and awakened him to social injustice.
He decided to head back to India and left South Africa on 18 July 1914 to return to his native India where he was to lead millions of people in an epic struggle for independence. Bapu returned to India on January 9, 1915. Having spent 21 years in South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi developed his political views, ethics and political leadership skills.
"Truly speaking, it was after I went to South Africa that I became what I am now" - Mahatama Gandhi.
Chhattisgarh Postal Circle issued a Special Cover to mark the occasion on 18th July 2014 at Raipur.