Mahatma Gandhi And The Strength Of Militant Non Violence Essay

1190 Words Apr 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
This is the story of Mahatma Gandhi and the strength of militant non-violence. It begins humbly enough; with a young Mohandas Gandhi growing up under a British ruled India and ends with a man credited with the civil rights movement of Indians. The twist in this story has everything to do with how that end was achieved, not with armies and war but with the active non-cooperation and steadfast protests of people faithfully believing in “satyagraha”; the power of truth. The legacy Gandhi would leave behind would change the world and influence future leaders. Even through imprisonment and violence Gandhi would spend decades steadfastly refusing to use violence. In the end, Gandhi’s faith in satyagraha would lead to the recognition of the strength and moral superiority of non-violence. The turning point of Gandhi’s life seems to be his time in South Africa. Armed with a prestigious barrister title and the knowledge that he had obtained while studying in England; a 24 year old Gandhi traveled to South Africa to represent the Muslim Indian Traders. However, despite his achievements and title he was degraded and thrown off a train simply for being Indian. (Fischer) They called into question the very idea that an Indian could be a barrister. At the time, South Africa was deeply segregated and any person of color was subjected to extreme discrimination. Furthering this divide, in 1906, the South African government proposed an act to require registration of all Asians living…

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