III. Connect: a. As we dive into Gandhi's world together I am going to cover key topics to better your understanding
- Mohandas Gandhi. Mohandas Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar India to a Hindu father and Jainist mother. His very religious mother was a practitioner of Vaishnavism (worship of the Hindu god Vishnu). Influenced by his mother's beliefs Gandhi was governed by self-discipline and nonviolence. He soon got married and sailed off to study law. When Gandhi returned he was in shock of what had happened to India, in just 1 year. Gandhi's beliefs never changed and he still strongly believed in self-discipline and nonviolence. He wanted to make a change in India’s cultures. And that’s exactly what he did, he made the change he saw in the world. Gandhi used many tactics to get India's independence, such as Civil disobedience, embracing the enemy, and acceptance of jail time.
In South Africa, he involved himself in an attempt to end discrimination against the minority Indians residing there. During this course, he developed “satyagarha”, which translates into “soul force”, or an approach of non-violence resistance, against the British governments in South Africa. In the years following the World War I, Gandhi became a leading figure in India for his struggle to achieve independent from the mighty British rule. His willingness to tolerate the punishments and the prison confinement earned him the title of “ Mahatama”, a “great soul” in India in 1914. (Mohandas Gandhi, 2015)
Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, politician, social activist and writer who would lead the independence movement of India to free the country of British rule (“Mahatma Gandhi,” 2017). He would prove that a single person could change the course of history and take on the entire British Empire. Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence and civil disobedience are attributed to his success in gaining independence for India. The act of passive resistance allowed Gandhi to generate more support for his movement for independence while making it difficult for the British to find reasons to arrest them. He argued that although violence could be more effective than peaceful
Mohandas Gandhi is one of the most popular and influential figures in the world. His political work, religious beliefs, values and morals captivated millions internationally. His path to become such a respected person is shaped by his religion and experiments occurred throughout his life. His relationship to food becomes a powerful fixation that allows him to form a greater connection to God as Truth, while leading him to express controversial disagreements during certain health issues.
Is violence the answer? Mohandas Gandhi was born in 1869 in the Indian coastal city of Porbandar (Background Essay). He then studied law in London, where he noticed that Indians were expected to imitate their rulers, the Englishmen (Background Essay). Gandhi wanted all people to live free, even those imposed by India’s caste system so he decided to take action in a peaceful manner (Background Essay). By doing so he was able to gain India’s independence in 1947 (Background Essay). This caused Gandhi to be known as “ Mahatma” or “ Great Soul” because he was able to do it without violence (Background Essay). Gandhi’s nonviolent movement worked because he accepted the consequences to his actions, strived for fairness to all mankind, and didn’t think of the British as enemies.
Mahatma Gandhi Aroused by the massacre of Amritsar in 1919, Gandhi devoted his life to gaining India’s independence from Great Britain. As the dominant figure used his persuasive philosophy of non-violent confrontation, he inspired political activists with many persuasions throughout the world (Andrews 23). Not only was Mahatma Gandhi a great peacemaker, but also his work to achieve freedom and equality for all people was greatly acknowledged. Gandhi’s unconventional style of leadership gained him the love of a country and eventually enabled him to lead the independence movement in India.
Born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandor, Kathiawar, India, Mahatmas Karmachord Gandhi was the son of Karmchand Gandhi, chief minister, and Putlibai, who was deeply religious lived in part of the British Empire (Biography.com Editors). With early marriages common, Mahatmas married at age 1 (Housel, Debra. Pp. 73-75). Mahatmas married Kasturba Makanji, the merchant’s daughter. As a result of the marriage, the teenagers rebelled by smoking, eating meat, and stealing money from household servants. Althrough Mahatmas had a rebellious attitude, Mahatmas was a shy, remarkable student, who was so timid that he slept with the lights on even as a teenager. In 1885, Mahatmas’s father passed as well as his first young child. With an interest in becoming a doctor, Mahatmas’s family steered him to enter the legal profession just as his father wanted him to be a government minister. In 1891, Mahatmas’s mother passed. With grief, Mahatmas struggled in being a lawyer (Biography.com Editors). Mahatmas’s mother was very religious and a devoted practioner of Vaishnavism, self-discipline, and nonviolence (History.com Staff). As a result of this, Mahatmas grew up worshipping the Hindu God, Vishnu, and followed Jainism, an ancient Indian religion that stressed nonviolence, fasting, meditation, and vegetarianism. In 888, Mahatmas moved to London and struggled with the transition to the Western Culture. Mahatmas
As I talked about earlier in this paper Gandhi was immersed in his culture and in his family traditions. They played a huge part in the journey of his life and in even planning significant parts of his journey like his marriage, career path and moral development. His life experiences also played a big role in how he developed his moral reasoning such as when he encountered prejudice on the train and as a result
Mohandas Gandhi, the leader of India’s independence movement in the early 1900s, inspired many with his use of civil disobedience to bring about change in society. Gandhi was an educated individual who studied law in London and worked in South Africa. Here, he experienced discrimination first hand due to British individual's sense of superiority caused by the concept of social darwinism. This lead to him advocating for equality and later transgressed to the liberation of India, who was at that time under Britain’s control. His method of promoting change through civil disobedience was so revolutionary in a time where violence was so prominent, and was able to capture the astonishing resilience of Indians against British oppression.
Throughout modern history, Britain’s exponential growth inevitably affected the future of many nations in the contemporary world- in particular, the culturally intertwined state of India. Even in the initial stages of colonisation, India was forcefully occupied by the British East India Company; however, it was not until 1858 that a dictatorship was officially announced and the nation was forced to regard England as 'the true homeland'. Amidst societal unease and a growing discontent with the British rulers by the poor peasants, India's emancipation seemed inevitable in order for the nation to truly progress. In effect, a revolutionary leader spawned; Mohandas Gandhi. His great philosophical mind held innovative ideas which were instrumental in the achievement of Indian Independence- with his thoughtful ideologies and beliefs paving the way for oppressed Indians to ultimately unite against British imperialism. Consequently, this resulted in the monumental Satyagraha campaign that triumphed successfully against the British authorities.
He succeeded at changing laws by developing his people and by setting the example for them to follow. He gave the villagers a direction in which to go and demonstrated how to get that way but then let them do it on their own in order to sustain the positive change. By educating the people about morals and values, Gandhi brought his followers up to be leaders themselves. By living with the people, Gandhi was able to discuss his morals and values and created a reason for them to thrive and do well. He created a sense of pride for their heritage and gave them a meaning for existence. With all of Gandhi’s actions, his transformational and servant leadership methods brought about radical social change and India was ultimately freed from British
To others, Religion is one condition among so many other countries, but to the Indian people it is one great sustaining force, pertaining to all the spheres of their lives. Mahatma Gandhi who was born and brought up in India could not escape this strong influence of religion in all his activities.
Another trait Gandhi possessed due to his religion was courage. Mahatma Gandhi had no fear. To Gandhi fearlessness was an imperative part of religion. He even described religion by saying, “Where there is fear there is no religion” (“Young India, 2-9-'26,” 308). Further, Gandhi believed this courage to follow one’s beliefs improved all aspects of life. Gandhi once said, “Religion which takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them, is no religion” (“Young India, 7-5-'25,” 164). Religion to Gandhi required an effect on everyday life. Gandhi had no fear and allowed religion to affect his daily affairs. This was imperative to the many radical movements and ideas Gandhi proposed. When he founded the Natal Indian Congress at twenty-five, he was a tabula rasa: he tried out ideas which in an established political organization would have been directly laughed at (Nanda, Shri B. R). However, due to his fearlessness, even when faced with defeat, Gandhi pushed onwards. He stated, “Defeat cannot dishearten me. It can only chasten me. I know that God will guide me” (“Young India, 3-7-'24,” 218). And by pushing onwards, Gandhi was able to see change in India and change in the world. Furthermore, because of his faith in God, Gandhi was not scared of other physical dangers. He stated, “God saves me so long as He wants me in this body. The moment His wants are satisfied, no precautions on my part will save me” (“Bapu's Letters to Mira,” 91). Gandhi wasn’t afraid,
Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Gandhi, known as Mahatma Gandhi. Also known as Mahatma the great soul, was the "father of modern India". He originally came from Western India, a city called Porbandar. He was born on 2nd October 1869. Gandhi was on of