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Gandhi's Ahimsa Strategy. Gandhi has been described as The most famous Indian since the Buddha and the most influential political campaigner of the 20th century by historian Patrick French.

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Gandhi's Ahimsa strategy Gandhi is for some people a symbol of freedom and nonviolence; for some people a man with nonrealistic ideals and for others he was just another Indian. The majority of people view him as a huge hero, leaving behind a legacy resulting in India's independence. The reason why I think he got so famous and attracted so much attention was because he tried to reach all his goals using acts of non-violence. During Britain's occupation of India no one had ever tried to stand up against the British without violence. The British had never seen anything like this and didn't know what to do about it. Gandhi was a man with many ideas and campaigns but he was also living at the right time under a British rule that was open for changes. Gandhi has been described as "The most famous Indian since the Buddha and the most influential political campaigner of the 20th century" by historian Patrick French. (Britain and India 1845-1947 pg. 63) He was famous because he used new methods and introduced new ways of fighting for independence. He was influential because so many people followed him and would do whatever he said without even thinking about it. ...read more.

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After the noncooperation campaigns, Gandhi was arrested on March 10th 1922. He was in prison until 1924 when he was released on medical grounds. The British didn't want India's martyr to die in prison. Gandhi returned to his ashram living as a vegetarian and did not take part in politics for six years. Gandhi believed that India's population should raise the economy by living like him; content with little, being a vegetarian living off one's own garden and by practicing hand weaving. If these living rules were applied to India it would not have survived for long. "Hand-weaving made no sense in a country whose chief industry was the mass-production of textiles and his food policy would have led to mass starvation" (from Paul Johnsons 'A history of the modern world' pg. 471). Gandhi also chose not to have sex because he saw that as a weakness and he liked to test himself by sleeping with naked women. Gandhi's reasoning for living his unique lifestyle was a mystery to people. In 1930 he decided to go back into politics. Congress agreed that Gandhi should have freedom to initiate a civil disobedience campaign when he judged the moment right. ...read more.

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Gandhi advised congress to promptly stop the campaign and requested that the government released the prisoners. Congress did not want the responsibility for the disobedience but courageous people to keep the campaign going. Therefore congress had no responsibility for the individuals partaking in civil disobedience. The people had lost their respect and fear for the government and kept disobeying. "The great mass of the people is not in a normal state of mind. It has been roused to a high pitch of sustained exaltation ... to anger, it doubts our sincerity and above all it is passionately devoted to its imprisoned leaders" said H.N Brailsford in January 1931. (Britain and India 1845-1947 pg.79) Gandhi's people were fighting for their independence and Gandhi had given them the courage to. However, Gandhi had never meant for the people to get violent. In a country such as India with so many people it, is almost impossible for its population to stand together and fight with no violence. Not even Gandhi with all his beliefs and hope could lead the people without violence and a lot of people lost their lives. The time Gandhi spent trying to achieve his goal and the new ideas and politics he brought to the table helped lead to India's independence in 1947. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emilie S�nderup History, 1i January 7th 2011 ...read more.

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