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03/03/1939 Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast in Mumbai to protest against autocratic rule in India

In his cell at Yerovda Jail near Bombay Gandhi begins a hunger strike in protest of the British government’s decision to separate India’s electoral system by caste. Gandhi announced he was beginning a “fast unto death” in order to protest British support of a new Indian constitution, which gave the country’s lowest classes–known as “untouchables”–their own separate political representation for a period of 70 years.

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