ROUGH DRAFT: To be an upstander you have to be willing to do something that helps others by risking something of your own, for this #beanupstander project i decided to do Mohandas Gandhi. Gandhi was a Hindu and saw fellow Hindus/Indians being discriminated or being the victim of racial remarks, and solved things with his non-violence beliefs. Gandhi grew up in a small house in Porbandar, on the western side of India, Mohandas Gandhi was born on a unforgettable October second of 1869. He was a tiny boy, and looked no different from rest of the child population in India, but what nobody knew at the moment that Gandhi was not a typical child, He was a later an Indian inspiration and, without taking peer pressure to violence, set his country free, stopped discrimination, and became an inspiration. Gandhi was sometimes called the Mahatma or more commonly known as the Great Soul, he led his people to freedom, he was willing to let the lord take his life for their needs and protection. Things started to boil when Gandhi was on a train heading to Pretoria, he was thrown out of a first-class by a white driver after Gandhi refused to give up his seat for a European passenger and he was brutally beaten, his train experience became a turning point in the way Gandhi saw things.
After Gandhi’s train difficulties he became furious at the treatment of Indian immigrants, he set up the Indian Congress (in Natal) to battle segregation without violence and to started to further the idea of self-purification and a non-violent protest. In 1913 Gandhi starts a strike against a higher tax on people of the Indian race. Gandhi began leading working-class Indians. After many many of his marches and protests , Gandhi yet again decides to lead another protest of 2,221 people from Natal into the Transvaal in his last act of public disobedience. Gandhi was arrested and sentenced to almost full year in , But the tea spills and the British are forced to drop the tax and release Gandhi. Gandhi believed that he could continue to not care about being arrested many times he protests as well as risking his life, because he believed that the British would become disliked and it would soon spike independence.
After his protest the word began to spread and Gandhi soon becomes a leading Indian hero and a inspiration. On a trip with his wife the two boarded a low class train Gandhi is appalled by the overcrowding and poverty he views and promises to work for the people who seemed unwanted in society. He starts a day of protest against the “Rowlatt Act’’ which let the British put anyone in prison they assumed that they were suspect of terrorism, this was a racist assumption to assume someone of color was involved in a crime off of past events, and Gandhi was not on board.
Hundreds of thousands of people meet in many cities but the protests eventually become violent, Gandhi stops the protest because it started to go south of his strong non-violence beliefs. In Amritsar, a company fires on 20,000 protesters that participated in the march. An estimated 400 people are killed and 1,300 are injured, this spikes Gandhi to begin attempting to fully gain India’s independence.
Gandhi began his well known act which took place from March to April of 1930 in India, it was known as the salt march. The salt march was an act of civil disobedience led by Gandhi to protest against British rule in India. During the march, thousands of Indians pursued in his footsteps to Gandhi’s religious retreat near Ahmedabad to the Arabian Sea coast, it was 240 miles. The march resulted loss of jobs as well as the arrest of an estimated 60,000 people, including Gandhi himself. India eventually gained full independence in August 1947, unfortunately 78-year-old Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948 by a fellow Hindu less than six months later after gaining independence. Gandhi impacted many people’s lives today, he allowed the Indians and Hindus to become peaceful, he gained independence, and stopped discrimination, gandhi set an example for many others. one example of his legacy was empowering Martin Luther King jr’s. non violence legacy as well.
Gandhi’s message wasn’t taken so well at first many people lost their jobs, got arrested,ect. The English worked against Gandhi and his fellow people even some hindus worked against them or disagreed, in fact he was assassinated by a fellow Hindu. Gandhi was brave he was hero to many, although i am not as courageous as Gandhi, he was willing to risk his life for people he didn’t even know, if the problem presented itself it’s a possibility that i would do the same but i most likely wouldn’t, thats why Gandhi’s legacy remains .