News Article on Mahatma Gandhi about india's struggle for independence By: jacob thibault

Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in the town of Gujarat. He studied in London and returned back to India after, to come back to the problems he fought to demolish problems that involved Indian's equality and civil rights.
Mahatma Gandhi fought for the equality of Indians with non-violent protesting. He began his protesting by burning travel passes that Indians were required to carry at all times. He did this non-violently because he continued to burn the travel passes while he was being beaten by British police.
Mahatma Gandhi had been traveling all around the country of India, for the exact purpose of learning about India and it´s culture and its current state so that he would be able to have better protests that could better influence the countries people.
Mahatma Gandhi fought for India's independence from Great Britain, who controlled India as a colony, he fought for independence for many years which he spent in jail for disobeying the law for several of them and did this by using various ways of protesting including civil disobedience, passive resistance and non-violent protesting.
Gandhi was the creator of the Homespun movement, this is where Indians created their own clothing using the same cotton that the British used, which was from India, instead of buying from Britain, this allowed India to no long be apart of Britain's clothing monopoly and because of this Britain got less money and it weakened the British economy.

These two movements, above and under this text were created and carried out to affect British economy, this was done to boycott the cloth monopoly that Britain had with India where the resources came from India but the clothing was made in Britain and sold back to India, but also the salt monopoly where the salt was gathered in the Indian ocean then sold back to the Indians, making insane profits while using resources from India, which is one the main reasons that India was invaded and ruled by Britain as a colony, because of it's natural resources that could be used for industrialization in factories, such resources like; salt, cotton, iron, coal, etc.

Gandhi also used civil disobedience in another way to try to gain India's independence, with the Salt March, he did this by gathering a group of followers to walk to the sea (241 miles away) to defy the Salt Act that Britain created to tax Indians on salt. This was done to create the Indian's own salt and therefore be boycotting the purchase of salt from Britain.
Gaudhi also protested by fasting, where he wouldn´t eat anything until he got what he wanted. This was very effective because he was able to stop the violent protests that took place and continue to protest with only non-violence, this was effective because the people of India were scared if they didn´t stop being violent, their leader would starve to death and die.

Gandhi was able to maintain his goal of having only non-violent protests, because of the large following he was able to obtain to rise up to the government and cause too much trouble for them to handle at the end of World War two, that Britain was better off leaving India. The independence of India was won by non-violent protests alone which included civil disobedience, passive resistance, boycotting, etc. Even though there were many deaths during these protests to gain independence, they were still able to use this sacrifice to complete their goal of gaining independence. Gandhi was not only able to hold on to and complete his goal while maintaining his belief of being nonviolent, he also influenced millions of people worldwide that also left an impact that would influence the independence protesting methods of other countries. Unfortunately Gandhi´s view on certain people, equality for all, which some people did not agree with led to Gandhi´s assassination.


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*Most information was used from previous knowledge learned in class from lessons on Gandhi.



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