Gandhi's Civil Rights Movement

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Colonial India was a key commodity in the world trading economy during the time of European exploration. India was sort after for its wealth and prosperity. This lead to many rival nations, namely the Dutch Republic, England, France and Denmark-Norway, establishing trading posts within the country during the era of the 17th century. It was during the late 18th century that one of the biggest colonial players, Great Britain, achieved dominance over India, dragging it through to the 19th century (E. Page, 2003). During this period of total domination, political control and exploitation of India, there were many influential figures that influenced the Hindu nationalism, i.e. Swami Dayananda Sarawati (1824-1883), Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) and more, all of whom had different ideologies and approaches to the matter. They all strongly influenced movements of resistance to the colonisation of India. My aim in this essay is to discuss the manner in which Mohandas Gandhi, through his ideology, inspired the Hindu nationalism of his time. Gandhi’s ideologies of nonviolent civil disobedience lead India to independence and inspired civil rights …show more content…
Being quipped with spiritual knowledge as well as western Law he entered with new ideals. Since the 1920’s, what is famously know as Satyagraha, Gandhism or nonviolent disobedience became the ruling ideology of the freedom movement. He the first leader to establish and emphasize the place of mass action of people as a combat toward freedom. Gandhi highlighted the importance of the participation of all people of the caste system, of which he felt gave everyone duty. This gave birth to the first Indian nationalist movement that incorporated all classes and which was a mass movement. He gave Indian people hope and this made them heroic and patriotic fighters for independence (E. Page, 2003,

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