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Gandhi's beliefs.

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GCSE Politics

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Point 6. Gandhi's beliefs.

Ahimsa (non-violence)was the highest virtue. By non-violence, Gandhi meant not just the absence of violence, but also loving concern for all life. He believed that truth could be known only through tolerance and concern for others, and that finding a truthful way to solutions required constant testing. He taught that to be non-violent required great courage. Gandhi overcame fear in himself and showed others how to overcome fear.

Gandhi developed a method of direct action based upon principles of courage, non-violence, and truth, called satyagraha (truth-force). the method was used against British rule, it gave rise to what was called civil disobedience. Gandhi used satyagraha to fight for India's independence, and bring social change.

The satyagraha aims at winning over an opponent through love and self-sacrifice. The satyagrahi must never exploit an opponent's weakness.

satyagraha tries to see an opponent's point of view, and it is claimed to be successful only when both sides feel that they are winners.

Satyagraha was Gandhi's greatest legacy to mankind. His method proved itself when India gained independence from British.

As part of satyagraha, he promoted

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