Gandhi Essay

Mohandas K. Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in a town called Porbandar in India. He was born by his two wealthy parents. He got his first education in a private school in India. The name of the school is Unknown. Gandhi left India and went to study in the Alfred High School in London. He then went to University College in London where he got his degree as a Lawyer. He then moved to South Africa in his twenties as an Attorney. He was married at the age of 13 and Later he had four children:

Gandhi had four main aims: To make everyone believe in Non-Violence, to make India Independent, to show the Indian’s that they can make their own salt by using their ocean and to remove untoachbility. Non-Violence was Gandhi’s main aim. He wanted to show that people can settle things without having to use violence. Gandhi’s second aim was to make India independent, by making the British leave India. but he would non-violence to make Indian independent . The salt making process by the Indian and not paying salt tax to the British played a fundamental part in the leading India into Independence.

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Gandhi led a march to show that Indian could make salt by themselves and not being taxed by the British. His last aim was to remove Untouchability. The Untouchables were the people who were the poorest and came from low cast system and who could not be touched. Gandhi believed that the universal human being value had to be non-violent. It is a very powerful means to avoid conflict. This is because he believed that everyone in their own moral, social and economical way can solve their problems by using non-violence. This is why Gandhi spoke about the fact that they should all avoid confrontation and resolve difference use non-violence.

The way that he talked about non-violence influenced the Indians in his speeches which made them follow in Gandhi’s footsteps. Gandhi’s followers used non-violence everywhere they went; even when they were being beat up by the police they did not use violence. When Indian protesters did fight back Gandhi would sometimes go on hunger strikes and not eat for weeks at a time. This was his way to stop the violence. One of the main aims that Gandhi had was to make India Independent. To do this he would have to make the British government give India back to the Indians. Gandhi had a strategy to make the British look unfair.

British had imposed tax on Salt. This made it hard for all people especially the poor one to pay the tax. Gandhi’s Strategy was to lead a march to the sea shore which was about 200 miles away and show that the Indians people that they could make their own salt. This way they do not have to pay the taxes to the British. Gandhi arrived at the sea in April along with 2500 supporters that had joined his march along the way. This was an illegal act that he did, but when he picked up salt and showed that Indian can make their own salt, it gave the courage to thousands more Indians to not cooperate with the British.

He also represented India in a round table conference in London. This however was unsuccessful because the British refused to leave India at the time. Untouchables were the lowest caste in India’s society. Nobody would talk to them or even go near them. Gandhi wanted to rid of the caste system and make India a united country without discrimination. Gandhi believed that they were normal people too and should be helped and treated equally. Gandhi used peaceful forms of protest and showed Indian people that all people are created equally and therefore should not be discriminated.

Gandhi was successful in most of his aims. This is because he managed to fulfill each and every one of his aims that he himself has made. Gandhi was an Indian who took on the challenges that no one else wanted to do in India. He wanted and had a revolution which was non-violence and a peaceful. He wanted to make India Independent by showing that India belongs to Indian and the British were unfair. Gandhi was a man who would never give up. In my opinion I think that we should follow his footsteps on how to become great


                                          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 .


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