Achieving Independence An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind

For years the British have ruled over the people of India. They have taken away our rights as human beings and tried to belittle our culture into nothing. If we, the people of India, rise together as one and peacefully protest against the British rule then we can achieve freedom and harmony for everyone in India.

My name is Mahatma Gandhi. I was born on October 2, 1869 in western India. While I was traveling on a train in South Africa I experienced discrimination and knew from that day on that something must be done to stop this from happening to others who are not white.

The Boer legislature passed a law requiring that all Indians register with the police and be fingerprinted. I along with many other Indians, refused to obey this law. This is just once example of civil disobedience. I want you, the people of India, to join me in the Indian independence movement. Together we can make a difference in the way we are treated. The British have taken our money, land, and culture. I won't stand for this any more and I hope none of you will either. Join the movement. It will change your life for the better.

The British have grown cash crops on our land and prevented us from growing our own crops. We have been forced to buy British goods and not profit off of anything manufactured even though its our land, our workers, and our national resources that the British are using. If you join the Homespun movement and spin your own clothes, then we can show our opposition to the British rule.

I encourage all of you to join me and boycott the British textile industries by spinning your own cloth. I want to emphasize the importance of economic independence for India. By making your own cloth you can prevent the British from profiting off of the money they make and promote local businesses instead.

Every person involved in the independence movement must keep in mind that we are going to achieve our goal of Independence from British rule through civil disobedience, and passive resistance. This means that we will refuse to obey any laws we find unjust, we will boycott British goods, and we will illustrate our opposition to British rule through speeches and peaceful marches. Just like we did when I launched my organized campaign of passive resistance in response to the Rowlatt Acts, which allowed certain political cases to be tried without juries and imprisonment of suspects without trial . We can never back down. Non violence is the only way independence can be achieved for every person in India.

Today was a horrifying day for all Indians who seeked independence. 10,000 people including women, and children gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh to peacefully protest against British government’s forced conscription of Indian soldiers, the heavy war tax placed against the Indian people and the law stating that Indians were not allowed to meet in groups. The British brutally attacked those who were protesting. Today we lost the lives of thousands of innocent Indians who were just standing up for what they believe in. Today is a tragic day for everyone in India. My heart goes out to every person who has been affected by this event. Violence brings nothing but terror and hatred. From now on we will fight the British through nothing but civil disobedience and non violence.

People all over India have been making salt illegally, and they were getting sent to jail by the British control. Today on April 6th 1930 I marched 241 miles on foot with the people of India and arrived at the coastal village of Dandi, India, where I gathered salt with my fellow Indians. I will never use violence or hatred to obtain Indian freedom. I believe in loving everyone including our opponents. Thousands of us might have been sent to jail, but we did the right thing and I couldn't be more proud of our actions today.

I, along with my fellow Indian National Congress members encourage all Hindus and Muslims to put aside their differences in order to achieve independence. We must unite as one in order to get rid of British rule. The caste system is toxic. No one should be better than anyone else. In order to fully become united we must all be equal which isn't possible with the caste system still being an active part in everyday life.

The British House of Commons have recently passed the Indian Independence Act, which unfortunately divided India into two separate nations which are now India and Pakistan. I'm proud of our accomplishment of becoming independent from the British however I'm deeply upset by the fact that we are not untied as one nation as I had hoped for. We let our religious ideology's get the best of us and affect our ability to be as strong as we could possibly be together as one whole nation. Hopefully in the future we can put our religious differences aside and become united once again. Never stop fighting for what you believe in. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Gandhi.

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