Experiment With Mahatma Gandhi - A view of Mahatma Gandhi’s pronouncement that it will be an insult to his Majesty the King, if he appears in any dress other than his Loin-Cloth, this American camera-trick shows as he will not appear. - U.P.S., USA, 1931.
The Indian delegates to the conference were invited in November 1931 to visit Buckingham Palace to meet King George V, a stickler for propriety. There was much speculation in the British Press and in conference circles about the dress in which Gandhi would appear before the King. It was discreetly whispered to him that he should shed his loincloth and put on the regulation court dress. Gandhi refused, saying it would be an insult to the British monarch if he presented himself in a different garb from what he usually wore. This American mock-up showed how Gandhi would not go to Buckingham Palace.
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