Mahatma Gandhi: Anti-War Activist

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as “Mahatma Gandhi”, was an Indian leader and an Anti-War Activist. He believed greatly in justice for all people and that we are children of God. Gandhi was born on October 2nd of 1869 in Porbandar, India and was unfortunately killed on January 30th of 1948 by a Hindu fanatic in New Delhi, India. As a young man he studied in three different places one of them being Law at the University College in London (Gandhi Timeline). In addition, during his lifetime he accomplished many incredible things that we still learn about today in school. At only thirteen years old Gandhi was forced to get together with Kasturba Makhanji who was also his age, in an arranged marriage set by their parents. All together …show more content…
The family was now earning no income, so Gandhi went to Bombay to get a job for teaching law. That didn’t work out so he tried becoming a lawyer, but that also failed when he was too shy to speak up in court. He ended up going back home and earned a job writing documents for other lawyers. He also accepted other jobs at law firms to keep him and his family, which consisted of one more son, steady. Also, after he had his four kids he ceased sexual activity with the consent of his wife. But then once again, Gandhi is offered to travel to South Africa to join a Muslim Indian law firm with a lawsuit. On his way there he finds out he can’t ride first class because of his race. He also has a hard time finding a hotel that would allow him to stay because of his background. This is what sparks Gandhi to “devote his life to the pursuit of equality and justice.” (Mahatma Gandhi 2)
It is the Spring of 1894 and Gandhi makes the decision to stay in South Africa for one more month, to fight a bill that denied Indians the right to vote, the Indian Franchise Bill. The one year in South Africa slowly turns to twenty years. While in South Africa, Gandhi writes a pamphlet about the discrimination Indians faced there, called the “Green Pamphlet”. Great Britain, which is in control of South Africa, views the pamphlet as being “anti-government document”.
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This time he was going to fight for the independence of India from Great Britain. He fasted for seven days, he and his followers resist joining Britain’s side in WW2 unless they declare them alone country. At this point he is sent to prison again and his wife, Kasturba, died in there due to bad health. A couple months after, Gandhi himself gets really sick and they release him so that he wouldn’t die there. Luckily, Gandhi’s wish is granted when he finds out that independence was declared in India. As you know, things can’t always be good so they two parts of India divide: Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. The two start fighting and Gandhi began to fast to stop the two from being violent. He knew that if he kept starving himself it would cost him his life. Sadly, his life was coming to an end.”Just ten days later on the 30th January, he was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic who could not forgive Gandhi for his belief that Muslims had equal value to Hindus and no-one was better than anybody else.” (Mohandas Gandhi) At his funeral thousands of people wore white and watched Gandhi’s body burn into flames.
Even though Gandhi died he left his legacy for all of us to remember him. This research project helped me learn many things I would have never known about this great man. He was a humble person and a great influence on others. He taught others that you shouldn’t use violence to get your way and you should dedicate

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