Gandhi created a revolution of change in India. He had an enormous impact that forever that vibrant country, and he did it all with nonviolence. Gandhi led people and taught them to stand up for themselves and in the process made India a free and independent country. The unfair treatment would no longer stand, it was time for change. The nonviolence policy worked because Gandhi did not give in, he accepted punishment and responsibility, and his followers were loyal.
When Gandhi returned back to India from Europe in 1896 he was sickened. The British Raj had formally taken over, so he decided to make a change and stop the unfair treatment of everyone in India. As Gandhi said himself, “My ambition is no less than to convert the British people …show more content…
Gandhi’s followers, some but not all the people of India, were the ones to do this. While he was away they stood up and fought against the British regime. “At times the spectacle of unresisting men being methodically bashed into a bloody pulp sickened me so much that I had to turn away.” (Document B, Miller). Though they were being beaten to death they still never gave up. These people of India stood up against the regime and fought. They fought for the entirety of India. In doing so, they never lost hope and pushed on, which is another reason why the nonviolence worked. They stayed loyal and true and fought until it was the end of their lives, and in doing so, they changed the history of that rich and vibrant country. Even when Gandhi was not behind bars they pushed on. “..I shall proceed with such co-workers of the Ashram [Community] as I can take, to disregard the provisions of the Salt Laws.” (Document A, Gandhi). Gandhi knew he had people to back him and fight, (nonviolently speaking), with him. Even before the Salt March truly began people lined up behind Gandhi and joined him in his march for freedom. The loyalty of these people is what really kept the movement alive. The nonviolence worked because people were willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. “But whether or not we succeeded in obtaining these conveniences, every one of us was firm in his resolution of passing his term in jail in perfect happiness and peace.” (Document C, Gandhi). Gandhi’s followers knew the price they would have to pay for their civil disobedience, and they all accepted it. Their unwavering loyalty kept their movement alive. The real force behind the nonviolence was these people because they were the ones who truly had the power. The nonviolence worked because they believed in their country and they believed in themselves and their
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Madame Sarojini Naidu, a well-known Indian poet, said that, “Gandhi’s body is in jail but his soul is with you. India’s prestige is in your hands. You must not use any violence under any circumstances. You will be beaten but you must not resist; you must not even raise a hand to ward off blows” (Document B). Naidu held a protesters march in Dharasana to fight against the British for putting Gandhi in jail but nonviolence even if the British soldiers lash them any hard.
He said all of his teaching and speeches about the coarse British power of the Indians fall under section 12-A, to which Gandhi happily accepted the charge because that law was “perhaps the prince among the political sections of the Indian Penal Code designed to suppress the liberty of the citizen.”
In 1922, Gandhi was sentenced to 6 years in prison for sedition. When the court allowed Gandhi to plea, he did not defend himself and he said that he is guilty as charged and will take the most severe punishment. This shows that Gandhi stood up for what he believed in and was able to accept his consequences.
They had a strong trust and faith in Gandhi which was seen in the march of Dharasana. “In complete silence the Gandhi men drew up and halted hundred yards from the stockade… Suddenly at a word of command scores of native police rushed upon the advancing marchers and rained blows to their heads with their steel shod not one of the marchers even raised an arm to fend off a blow”(Document B). Here it is clear to see how how loyal the protesters were to Gandhi and the idea of a non-violent protest. We can see how the protesters were a big part of the movement because they carried out the non-violence in a much larger and much more dramatic sale than Gandhi did.
Gandhi convinced the Indians that he could get them their independence. They would get their independence long as they didn't cooperate. Gandhi used a couple of lines from the Declaration of Independence that in other words meant, “if a law is unjust, then it is not a law.” Gandhi also told his people that in order to pretext they had to be willing to get jail time. Gandhi's methods worked because both his people and him were uncooperative.
Gandhi people manage their anger and have peace against the British. He did this by creating a philosophy and encouraging people to follow that philosophy. Gandhi also used peace instead of violence against the British. Gandhi did this because he believed that he can achieve peace among everybody. Gandhi’s philosophy didn't work on everyone.
When the British began taxing salt and not allowing Indians to manufacture and collect their own salt, Gandhi stepped in and wrote a letter to the British governor of India. He was determined to show the British what wrongs they have done to India and to convert them through nonviolence (Doc 1.) Even when Gandhi was in jail, he inspired his followers to march without the use violence. None of his followers fought back even when they were beaten (Doc 4.) Being in jail for a total of 2,338 days, he “never felt the slightest hesitation in entering the prisoner’s box.”
The pact provided for the release of political prisoners, the suspension of the salt tax, and the recognition of the Indian National Congress as a political organisation. Ghandi’s talks were not limited to formal meetings with British officials. He also used his influence to mobilise public opinion and pressure the British to make compromises. In addition to his negotiations with the British, Gandhi also negotiated with leaders of other political and religious groups in India. He believed that a united society was essential for the success of the independence movement and worked tirelessly to build coalitions with leaders from diverse
Gandhi constantly being put in jail for his peaceful protests causes people to recognize what he is trying to do for India and realize that he is unfairly being put in jail. Gandhi being thrown in jail also attracts more followers who want to follow in Gandhi’s footsteps. Even with Gandhi in jail, his followers still nonviolently protested against British rule. “Gandhi’s body is in jail but his soul is with you,” (Webb Miller, Doc B). Gandhi was not afraid or against going to jail.
Mohandas Gandhi was a “key figure in the Indian struggle for independence.” He worked to use nonviolent ways to fight for equality and change in India. Gandhi was able to unite many groups and “inspired the common people of India to work for change.” In addition, Gandhi advocated using a more traditional approach (Wadley 202). Although Mohandas Gandhi 's satyagraha campaign caused violence, his advocacy for those who were discriminated against in Indian society led to the initial unification of India to gain independence from Great Britain.
He argues that the poor and the workers are killed and the helpless will suffer. Those who utilize violence to achieve change “exploit people,” and “to ask [people] to give up their lives for a cause and then not produce for them afterwards, is the most vicious type of oppression.” His solemn tone throughout this example allows the reader to truly understand that a violent strategy affects everyone involved, not just the victims. These examples supply Chavez’s argument with more support and help prove to the reader that the use of nonviolence is more effective
This method worked because it peacefully angered oppressors, allowed people of all races and ethnicities to participate, and involved leaders persuaded people to make sacrifices for the greater good. One of the reasons peaceful protesting worked so well was that it irritated enemies of the cause without the use of violence. Boycotts and sanctions were one effective method of angering the oppressive governments. Gandhi staged a hartel in India and Martin Luther King Jr. helped start the Montgomery Bus Boycott in America (Doc A and B).
Civil Disobedience by Thoreau is the refusal to obey government demands or commands and nonresistance to consequent arrest and punishment this had an extreme effect on Martin Luther King Jr and Mahatma Gandhi. They were fighting for different beliefs. However they both had the same believes about civil disobedience and they both end in the same place, jail. In the first place Gandhi believed that the only way to confronted injustice was with non-violent methods.
At the sea, Gandhi picked up a handful of salt. This act went against the British law mandating that they buy salt from their government and this law did not allow them to collect their own salt. That act was made to let the British government know that the Indian people were tired of being under Britain’s rule and they were tired of following all of the unjust laws that were