K. Kamaraj worked in his uncle’s provision shop and during this time he started joining processions and attending public meetings about the Indian Home Rule Movement. He developed an interest in prevailing political conditions by reading newspapers daily. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre was the decisive turning point in his life, and at this point he decided his aim was to fight for national freedom and to bring an end to foreign rule. In 1920, at the age of 18, he became active as a political worker and joined Congress as a full-time worker. In 1921 Kamaraj was organising public meetings for Congress leaders. He was eager to meet Gandhi, and when Gandhi visited Madurai in 1921 Kamaraj attended Gandhi’s public meeting and met him for the first time in person. He visited villages carrying Congress propaganda.