Analysis Of Mohandas K. Gandhi's Hind Swaraj

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No other individual is as influential to human rights and activism as Mohandas K. Gandhi. Gandhi was born in 1869 and died in 1948. During his life he was most famous for his role in helping India secure independence from British colonial rule. During this period of his life he produced several written works. In 1909 Gandhi released Hind Swaraj, in which he argues that the British rule over India hasn’t been beneficial, or to the best interest of the country. Gandhi urges that India should make an effort towards reclaiming its sovereignty. To achieve this goal, Gandhi express that resistance to the British rule must not be violent or aggressive. Instead, the key to achieving Indian independence, Swaraj, is for the Indian people to utilize the power of ‘passive resistance’. There are many reasons why the Indian people were motivated to get rid of the British. The colonial rule of India, which began in the 1800’s, was a system of exploitation and cultural submission. In Hind Swaraj the character of the reader even recognizes the oppression of the British, stating “…They take away our money from year to year. The most important posts are reserved for themselves. We are kept in a state of slavery. They behave insolently towards us and disregard our feelings.” (Gandhi, p. 25, xxxx). Any self respecting and dignified person would be insulted by such treatments. Even though the British in their colonial practices claim to bring civilization to their conquered subjects, it’s

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