Mahatma Gandhi : The Battle Of Wandiwash

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat. At the age of 19, he studied at Inner Temple law school in London. After graduating, he returned to India and started his own law firm, but found little success. Later on, he joined an Indian firm and was sent to an office in South Africa along with his wife and kids. Discrimination against Indians in South Africa motivated Gandhi to lead an 8-year campaign of civil disobedience. After the movement, he moved back to India and became a leader in the revolution against British control. In 1906 Gandhi wrote, "The British have not taken India, we have given it to them. They are not in India because of their strength, but because we keep them." In this statement, Gandhi sheds light to the idea that the British did not take India, whereas, the Indians gave it to them, but the forceful acts, such as The Battle of Plassey 1757, The Battle of Wandiwash 1760, The Battle of Buxar 1763, The Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre, and the Salt March discredits Gandhi’s claim and proves how they forced their presence on India (Ackerman pg. 62). This statement made by Gandhi reveals the brutal force used by the British in attempts to colonize India. The British initially entered India in the 18th century because of profitable trade, but eventually exploited the trading opportunities to their advantage. In 1601 after the East India Company was chartered, the English began their trade conquest

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