Gandhi's Journey By: Tyler arilotta

Who is Gandhi? Mohandas Gandhi is an India independence leader, who uses non-violent tactics to achieve independence. Some people call him Mahatma, meaning a person regarded with reverence or loving respect.

Gandhi was born in 1869, he was the son of Hindu parents. When he was older, he went to school at Inner Temple, London to become a lawyer. However that is not the path that he took throughout his life. When he practiced law in South Africa, he encountered discrimination by white, colonial society. After that, he turned his attention to activism and challenged unjust racial laws.

When Gandhi moved back to his home country India, he began to emerge as an important figure for India. He wanted to stand up for his country. At this time India, was a colony of the British Empire. The British disregarded Hindu and Muslim culture and traditional values. He knew that he had to do something about this negative influence on his country. But he also knew that no violence was necessary in order to achieve this independence.

Gandhi Spinning his own clothes.

So far, one way that Gandhi has used non-violent tactics to achieve independence is by spinning his own clothing. British made Indians spin cloth and then send it to Britain to be manufactured and then Britain made Indians buy the clothing. So Gandhi started making cloth for himself, and encouraged other people to also. One night Gandhi and others burned clothing they had from the Britain. This cut out some of Britain's economy in India. India had received Economic Independence from Britain.

Gandhi fasting for Independence

Another way that Gandhi was able to achieve independence was when he fasted. Fasting is the abstain from all kinds of food or drinks. Gandhi used this method many times. Gandhi fasted to change the public opinion. Overall Gandhi has fasted 17 times in his lifetime, his longest fast being 21 days long. There were many reasons for his fast such as, gaining independence from the British, to unify people, and stop riots. Which he achieved in doing so, Gandhi took extreme measures to make sure independence was a success.

What Gandhi Hopes the Salt March will look like

Although Gandhi has done a lot of act's to gain independence, he hopes that this Salt March will be the most meaningful and dramatic protest of his career. This march is going to be 240 miles to gather salt in defiance of British salt laws. The British have a monopoly on salt and Gandhi and his followers are going to march to Arabian Sea. This is set to occur in March-April of 1930. Gandhi and his people are going to march to make their own salt with the salt deposits at the sea.

Yesterday, Times Magazine interviewed Gandhi to talk about gaining independence. Gandhi stated the following......" We as a country need Independence, to fulfill ourselves with freedom and nationalism. We must use passive resistance to get our independence that we deserve and have been denied as a nation. Join my walk to stand up for what is rightfully ours and stand up and say no to the British. If we can accomplish independence together in a non violent way, we can do anything together because we are a strong, powerful, loving nation". Mohandas Gandhi, wants to use passive resistance. Passive Resistance is peaceful resistance to a government law by fasting or refusing to cooperate and accepting the consequences. Gandhi wants all of India, as a nation to stand with him and others in this march and show the British that India, is a strong independent nation.

"Strength does not come from physical capacity, it comes from an indomitable will". ~Mohandas Gandhi

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