Gandhi Reflection

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Director Richard Attenborough 's respect for Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) is revealed in this film 's opening statement: "No man 's life can be encompassed in one telling. There is no way to give each year its allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime. What can be done is to be faithful in spirit to the record and try to find one 's way to the heart of the man." 1893-1914. Mohandas K. Gandhi (Ben Kingsley), a British-trained Indian lawyer, is thrown off a train in South Africa because he insists on riding in the first class section, which is reserved for Europeans. He spends the night on the cold station platform. At a meeting later, he learns that such humiliations are frequent occurrences for Indians in South Africa. Gandhi declares such discriminatory policies must be fought: "We are children of God and members of the Empire." The young barrister helps organize the Indian Congress Party of South Africa and leads a public demonstration against the law requiring Indians to carry registration passes. As he tries to burn the passes, he is severely beaten by the police, but he refuses to fight back. Gandhi 's philosophy of Satyagraha or "soul force" begins to take shape through experience. With his wife Kasturbai (Rohini Hattangady), he establishes the Phoenix Farm ashram, and puts more of his theories about equality into practice. He shares his views with Charlie Andrews (Ian Charleson), an English clergyman, and Walker (Martin
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