Mahatma Gandhi: The Leader Of The Gandhi Movement

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As one of the leading non-violent figures of the 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1869 in a town called Porbandar, situated on the Indian coast. His father was a man named Karamchand Gandhi, who served as the chief minister of the town. At his middle school and high school, Gandhi was a mediocre student. However, he would later find out he was talented when dealing with the masses and major political powers.
Gandhi was sent to Britain to study law because his parents were able to afford it. In 1915 Gandhi returned to India and joined the Indian National Congress (INC), where he was introduced to multiple problems faced by Indians. The INC sought more power for the Indian people. However, it always attempted to achieve this objective by quiet discussion rather than public protest. One of the key leaders of the INC was a man named Gopal Krishna Gokhale, known for his restraint and moderation. This method of retaliation inspired Gandhi to use it but, importantly, manipulate the process to make it look solely Indian. The British authorities ordered a search of Gandhi because they needed to acknowledge the threat he posed to British rule. Gandhi was, however, deemed a harmless, peculiar man who posed no threat. Gandhi then began a Satyagraha campaign which aimed to help poor Indians in Bilar. This protest was not against the British but instead against the conditions the Indians faced. Furthermore, this process involved Gandhi encouraging Indians to …show more content…

On the 12th March, Gandhi and many of his followers decided to go on what was called the salt march. On this march he and his followers marched for 24 days, covering a distance of over 241 miles. On this walk people picked up salt along the way, which was illegal. Therefore, Gandhi was arrested along with many of his followers. Eventually, 100,000 people were arrested because they also went on the salt march and followed in his footsteps in the quest for liberty resulting in overcrowded jails and perplexed British soldiers. This caused chaos in the jails and the Indians realized that if they are unified, the British could not control them.

Gandhi was released from prison shortly after the salt march. By 1935, the British had made multiple promises to the Indians which were thought to be of great significance for those aspiring for freedom. These promises also attempted to remove pressure being created by Gandhi and the

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