Till the 1st half of 20th century, in many parts of India, especially in villages, “ barbers never cut the hair of HARIJANS, treating them as untouchables.

While in South Africa, similar treatment was given to Gandhiji by European barber, who refused to cut the hair of Gandhi as he was a “Coolie “.

Gandhiji’s reaction to this was

“ In India we do not allow our barbers to serve our untouchables brethern. I got the reward of this in South Africa “.