Gandhi Imperialism

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Gandhi was born in Porbandar, India, the 2nd of October in 1869. He was a writer, lawyer, politician, and also considered one of the most important social activists in history since he dedicated most of his life to end the British rule over India. British Imperialism started around the 1750s, and ended in 1914. During this frame of time, Britain had complete control over the Indian government and economy. Gandhi did not only stop imperialism, but unlike other forms of protests and movements, he was capable of ending the British Imperialism in India with no violence from his side. Even though he was arrested for his behaviour; started many marches; such as the Salt March; and was exposed to many violent acts in behalf of the British, he never…show more content…
At the beginning of the eighteenth century, Britain were only located in the coasts of for trading. However, around mid-eighteenth century, Britain started a war to gain political dominance. By the early 19th century, Britain ended up extending their control and subordinate alliances to most of the states in the Indian peninsula with help of the military. The Imperium Britain possessed had positive as well as negative repercussions on the Indian civilizations. The most positive impact was found in the changes in India’s social structure. For instance, widows were now able to re-marry and education was offered to both male and female. However, politically speaking, under the rule of the British, Indians views in any political aspect were not valid, and they lost their capability of organizing and governing their own country. Economically, taxation was modified and new disproportionated financial relationships formed between India and Britain. Britain started exploiting Indians into producing fabrics and many agricultural products to trade with Europe, and eventually attempted to create free trade between India and Britain. In the movie many examples of injustice were presented, such as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919, where many men, women, and children were brutally murdered by the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer. Therefore, we can say that the representation of British…show more content…
He demanded the people to be willing to be killed without killing and to never run away and show cowardice. However, he said that if someone could not do that, then they should be willing to kill and be killed, and he would have considered that bravery. He also believed that a person should be violent rather than a coward, since the violent person could become a pacifist but a coward one would always remain a coward. Moreover, he considered turning away from danger a loss of faith. In the movie, he believed that if the Indians fought back, then the rest of the world would find out about their acts. When they told Gandhi that it was fair, it was like an eye for an eye, Gandhi responded, “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” This means that when people would see that India was fighting back, it would not be as unjust as it would be if Britain was the only oppressor. However, in order to stop the fighting, he found a peaceful method, which was based on his philosophy of passive resistance. He fasted until violence ended, and in less than three weeks the riots stopped. In addition, Gandhi said that using British instruments would be considered an act of violence towards “his sense of what is right.” Since he has this idea, he does not use any of the British automobiles. There was an example in the movie,
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