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Analyse and explain the role of non-violence in the life of M.K. Gandhi.

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A.ii. Analyse and explain the role of non-violence in the life of M.K. Gandhi "I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could." M.K. Gandhi One of the first uses of a non-violent protest in the life of M.K. Gandhi was when he was living in South Africa. The government announced that all Indians living in South Africa had to carry identity cards. One of the first encounters that Gandhi had with racism and prejudice was when he was travelling first class on a train. ...read more.

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Gandhi was a perfect karma yogi, he believed in Ashram - which was a community where everyone lived as equals as he thought everyone deserved respect as they were all children of God. On this belief he renamed the 'untouchables' the Harijans, because he wanted them to be able to mix freely with society and go into temples. He said: "I believe that if untouchability is really rooted out it with purge India of a terrible blot. My fight against untouchability is a fight against the impure in humanity...My fast is based on the cause of faith in the Hindu community, and faith in human nature itself. ...read more.

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Many were arrested but the second salt march would be a lot bloodier. Marchers attempted to enter the salt factory and wanted to perform a huge sit in because they believed that the laws were unfair. One by on the British attacked them as they attempted to enter that factory. Although the protesters didn't use violence, violence was used on them. Because of this horrific event the salt law were taken away, and not used as forcefully as before. Many of Gandhi's actions were based on the belief of Satyagraha which means the ' the truth force'. The four elements of Satyagraha are truth, self-control, sacrifice and how he led his life, which was non-violently. Because Gandhi followed a life of Satyagraha it meant there was no way Gandhi could do anything wrong and therefore not be punished. ...read more.

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