In 1916, Gandhi was present in the inauguration of the Banaras Hindu University and made a very important speech. He said: ” If we are to receive self-government, we shall have to take it. […] Look at the history of the British Empire and the British nation; freedom loving as it is, it will not be a party to give freedom to a people who will not take it themselves.” Gandhi could not finish the speech, because the audience got very vibrant and enthusiastic. The Indian people found the hero, the necessary leader to conquer independence. This words mean the beginning of the long struggle that culminated in the independence of India. During the speech, Gandhi praised the importance of the Indian culture and necessity of education reforms. He also showed concern about the poor and the unfair wealth distribution.This words and this date mark the beginning of the journey that changed the subcontinent of India.