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Gandhi travels in 3rd class

When traveling by train in India, people had to choose a class in which to travel. First class was reserved for the British - the ruling class. The richer people of India usually traveled second class. Third class was crowded, dirty and uncomfortable. Gandhi insisted upon traveling third class so he could live by his words and experience life as it is experienced by the poor. One day when someone asked him why he always traveled third class. "Because," Gandhi said, "There is no fourth class." He taught and lived by personal example.

This story is adapted from Gandhiji Anecdotes and Quotes by Nenmeli K Srinivasan and published on

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