Essay on Gandhi : Gandhi 's Greatest Achievement

1266 Words Sep 20th, 2016 6 Pages
On March 12, 1930, thousands of people in Ahmadabad, a site of Hindu spirituality, cried, “Gandhi ki Jai. Victory to Gandhi.” Mahatma Gandhi and his supporters walked 241 miles over the course of twenty-five days towards the Arabian Sea to resist the British law that outlawed the collection of salt. Gandhi scooped a heap of salty mud into his hands near the shore. With the spread of illegal salt gathering, came arrests and beatings. Gandhi was put in jail for nearly nine months. Many historians and activists consider the Salt March to be Gandhi’s greatest achievement. For the first time, India’s population- of all castes, genders, and religions- joined in protest against the rule of the British. Now, they had a leader. From the start of the Salt March to his death eighteen years later, Gandhi inspired India with both his political and spiritual insights. Hero or villain? Right path or dead end? Brilliant or a fool? Gandhi’s impact was unquestionable. He has inspired Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and many others through his philosophy of nonviolent resistance. He referred to his action based philosophy as satyagraha, truth force. He was the guider of India’s independence. He forced his country to question their deeply planted beliefs about religion, caste, and violence.
In Gandhi’s pamphlet, “Hind Swaraj” (1909), or “Indian Self-Rule”, he aimed at what he believed to be the true issue at hand- industrial civilization. “It would be…

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