Gandhi 's Influence On Indian Politics

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During India’s struggle to gain independence from Great Britain, a revolutionary leader emerged from the chaos. It was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s teachings of Satyagraha that lead the fight for India’s freedom. Satyagraha was not only the practice of non-violence but also the rejection of “every form of violence, direct or indirect…whether in thought, word, or deed” (Dalton 29).Gandhi believed non-violence was an act of “pure love” in the face of hate and his legacy vividly survives through the cultures he inspired. In this essay, I will assess the ways his non-violent teachings influenced other political struggles along with the advantages and disadvantages as a result. After gaining freedom from Great Britain, the people of India finally possessed the proper “knowledge, the resources, and the social institutions” (Koshal 312), to develop and progress. Gandhi greatly influenced Indian politics. In order to thrive economically, India adopted Gandhian economics, ideologies and “the economic philosophy of Gandhi [containing] clear-cut concepts of planned development” (Koshal 311). Gandhi believed that economics should be linked to cultural and human values. The National Planning Committee used that principle to form an economic plan and democratic system specifically for India and its problems. The National Planning Committee composed plans that stressed for better housing, diets, and clothing for the people of India based off of the teachings of Gandhi. In addition to
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