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Mahatma Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1947) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1869 in India and was murdered by a fanatic, Hindu Nathuram Godsey. Gandhi was a Hindu as well and he was born in the second cast. Hindus have the belief that everyone is born into a cast. Depending on how well you stick to the religious rules depends on what cast you are in once you get to the next life. If you are true to the faith, you will be in a higher cast. However, if you behave badly you will be dropped a cast. Some Hindus don't have a cast. These people are called the "Untouchables" and live in the biggest poverty. They have a horrible life, getting rejected from everyone. When Gandhi was born, India was under the rule of Britain. They had been in the British Empire for several hundred years. Many people lived in poor conditions because Britain took all the wealth. After school, Gandhi went to London to study law. ...read more.


From then on, Gandhi led the way to India's independence. He soon became the Indian leader for home-rule, encouraging people to not buy British clothes. He realised that Britain got a lot of wealth from India buying clothes from them. He told people to burn all British clothes, and spin their own. He had been doing this for years. His plan was a success, people made clothes for themselves. All clothes in India were made, and sold in India. Many people now realised that they no longer needed Britain for anything. Many products were rejected and factories were shut down making many British workers unemployed. This was the first important step to independence. Britain however, wasn't convinced that anything was going to happen until he asked India to go on a strike for a day, and they did. Everything stopped. The most important feature of this was the telegraph lines, they were closed. British people in India were cut off from their home country. ...read more.


He was the one that proved that non-violence works. There are many organisations that have followed his footsteps. Greenpeace operates in the same way and many nuclear waste protestors never use violence. Another great weapon used by Gandhi is the strike. This year, many work forces have gone on strike because of things like conditions or pay. He also showed the rest of the world that the biggest empire was pushed away without violence. This led to many countries becoming independent. In the 1960's many of the African colonies also pushed out Britain. Independence wasn't the only thing that people realised could be done. People like Martin Luther King saw that fighting for the minorities rights could be done. Another example of this is the fights in South Africa under Ch� Guevara. Fights for rights still happen all over the world right now, I think we have to thank Gandhi for this. He started the fight for humanity in today's world. He was the catalyst in a series of marches and protests. I think he was the most significant person in the fight for equal rights and independence. ...read more.

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