Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi was born Mohandas Gandhi on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India. (Ducksters Biography) According to Ducksters Biography he received his fame due to a fight he he led for Indian independence from the British Empire. Gandhi would organize nonviolent civil disobedience campaigns wear large groups of Indian’s would refuse to work, sit in the streets, boycott the courts, and much more. He organized these groups so eventually people would stop underestimating the Indian population and they would be respected. These boycotts and strikes would eventually shut down the country, so it had to be stopped. The way this was stopped was by people that were not Indian putting Mahatma Gandhi in prison. They could not leave him in prison for long because he sometimes refused to eat and the Indian population was extremely worried about what would happened if he died.

Next, Mahatma Gandhi’s most successful protest was the Salt March. This protest was started when the British started to tax salt. Gandhi did not like this so he traveled 241 miles to the sea of Dandi just so he could make his own salt. Thousands of Indians that did not like having their salt taxed either joined in with this march. It was a great success because not many people were buying salt, so the British had to take the tax off of it.

According to This History of 1900s.com Gandhi was offered a job as a lawyer in South Africa when he was 23 years old. He took the job and left for the long trip. When he got to the Pietermaritzburg train station and tried to get on the first class train car the people running the train would not let him because he was an Indian. They told him to go to the back car, but he refused. He was then ferociously thrown off the train and left behind. While sitting at the train station, he decided that he could not let these kinds of injustices go on. He decided that he was going to fight discrimination no matter how much time and effort it took.

From here on he changed many peoples minds about the injustice of exploiting people because of their race. He believed that exploitation was only possible if the exploited and the exploiter accepted it. He also believed that if a person looks over the current situation of injustice and the universal truth they can make change happen. Gandhi passed away on January 30, 1948 in New Delhi, India. He will always be remembered for his work as a non-violent protester and his nickname resonates that it means “Great Soul” (Ducksters Biography). Mahatma Gandhi who believed in Non Violence and was successful in implementing it to heal the world. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela admired him and followed his footsteps.


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Works Cited

Ducksters. "Mohandas Gandhi." Ducksters: Kid's Biography. TSI, Mar. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.


Rosenber, Jennifer. "Gandhi - Biography of Mahatma Gandhi." About.com 20th Century History. About.com, 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2013.


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