That was a time idea of freedom struggle taking shape . Initially the Indians thought he could be a British spy and later the British thought him to be a traitor! Eventually he was trusted by the Indians as he focused on the plight of Indian labour.Possibly initially his interaction with personalities like Gopal Krishna Gokhale, a national freedom fighter through peaceful means and a social reformer and Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel laureate in Literature and another freedom monger, influenced him and his outlook. By 1912 he was an active pro Indian. He never proselytized but was prepared to serve the people without that!!
Indentured or bonded labour from India used to be taken to Fiji by the British to work in the plantations. Their working and living environments were often degrading even leading to molestation of their women .This is where Andrews fought with the authorities and found tangible results.
He was twice elected as President Of All India Trade Union Congress and in 1931 accompanied Gandhi to England for the first round table conference.
He was a member of Shantiniketan, the Institution of Tagore and once adorned the position of the Vice president. Royalty received publishing books were donated to various good causes including for Shantiniketan. He interacted successfully with all the then social reformers of India from Punjab to Kerala, Maharashtra to Bengal and contributed to root out many social evils practiced by the people. Witnessing his selfless devoted service among the poor he was known as Deenabandhu - Friend of the poor.
All these years his friendship with Gandhi was very intimate . He is the only person who has called Gandhi by his first name "Mohan" ( Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi was his full name) ! And Gandhi used to name him as " Christ's Favorite Apostle for the initials of his name - CFA which actually stood for CF Andrews!!
Andrews died at Calcutta of an illness in this year. Gandhi had said that day " I have not known a better man or a better Christian than CF Andrews". I am sure that Andrews would have said the same vice versa had Gandhi gone out of this world first!
I had the fortune to interact with hundreds of people of different faith or no faith, coming from different parts of the world , from different cultures, practicing different trades and professions all these years, it remains a bare fact that good and bad people are there everywhere although I have observed that the percentage can differ.