This Day in History:, Gandhi Begins Fast in Protest of Caste Separation.
September 16, 1932.
Imprisoned by the British for conducting a civil disobedience campaign, Mohandas Gandhi conducted his hunger strike in his cell.
The fast would last for six days, ending when the British conceded to Gandhi's terms. Specifically, Gandhi protested a newly ratified Indian constitution that had British support.
It imposed political separation on India's lowest classes — the "untouchables" — for 70 years.
Though he was born into a powerful caste, Gandhi recognized the constitution's unfair division.
This is a god-given opportunity that has come to me to offer my life as a final sacrifice to the downtrodden, Mohandas Gandhi, Yerwada Jail