Mahatma Gandhi And Ahimsa

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“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez practiced passive resistance, which is nonviolent protest, to obtain equal rights, fairer working conditions, and to change unjust laws. These men were very courageous, and they did not just want equal rights and freedom for themselves, they wanted it for all those who had been oppressed. They did all they could to make change, and finally won what they had been fighting
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The idea of ahimsa, which means to cause no injury and do no harm, originated from the religion Jainism. Gandhi was from India, and was born in 1869. He had gone to Great Britain in 1888 to become a lawyer. After that, he went South Africa to find another job. Gandhi had suffered racial discrimination in South Africa. At the time, India and South Africa were colonies being ruled by the British. Gandhi used his background as a lawyer and an activist to lead a peaceful movement to gain Indian independence. He hoped that he could attract attention from the British. Gandhi often led acts of civil disobedience, refusing to obey certain laws or demands of the government, such as fasting, protesting, going on marches to spread word of their goal to obtain Indian independence. He did not approve of the British putting taxes on salt, so Gandhi and his followers marched to the sea and made their own salt. That was their most famous march, the Salt March. Eventually, the British granted India and South Africa their independence in 1947. Gandhi was a great, fearless leader, and in the end, he had finally achieved independence for all of India and South Africa, without using means of…show more content…
was an African American man who fought to change unjust laws, such as the Jim Crow laws, using passive resistance. Martin had grown up during a time of segregation and racism, in 1929. The Jim Crow laws enforced segregation in the Southern parts of the United States. Buses, restaurants, schools, and even drinking fountains were segregated. There was always a new, better place for the whites to go to, and an ugly, old place for colored people to go to. Gandhi inspired King, Jr. to use passive resistance. He thought that was the best way to gain freedom and independence, just like how Gandhi had earned Indian independence. Dr. King was a doctor in theology, had a degree in sociology, and was a minister. He, along with other African Americans, went on protests, boycotts, strikes, sit-ins, and marches to “embarrass ” the United States and end segregation. They stopped riding the segregated buses. At the time, the population of the segregated South was composed of a large number of African Americans. When the African Americans stopped riding the buses and consuming goods at segregated shops and restaurants, those businesses lost customers. During the March on Washington D.C.For Jobs and Freedom, Dr. King gave his most well-known speech, the “I Have A Dream” speech, in 1963. A year later, in 1964, the Civil Rights Act was passed, which granted all African Americans equal rights as to whites, and desegregated all parts of the United
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