Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: The Father Of The Indian Independence Movement

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Born on the second of October in 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is according to the views of his worldwide followers, the father of the Indian independence movement. He got this title as a result of spending the better part of twenty years in South Africa bravely working to fight against discrimination. It is here that he came up with the notion of satyagraha; A peaceful way of protesting against injustices. Upon his return to India, Gandhi's humility and uncomplicated way of life did not go unnoticed. His virtuous lifestyle drew him closer to the people. He dedicated the latter part of his years to free India from the rule of the British as well as improving the lives of India’s lowest social class. His concept of peaceful demonstrations …show more content…
It was the first time he set foot on Indian soil since the 19th century. In India, Mohandas joined the most vibrant political movement in the subcontinent, the Indian National Congress. The Mahatma appealed to the Hindu and Muslim communities of the nation. He was also considered a national leader because of his sympathetic views towards the poor. He also held a staunch belief that India can't ever be fully developed nor gain independence solely by Indian politicians and lawyers in large cities; The nation needs the contribution and support of its villagers to progress. Gandhi actually once said, "India's soul lives in its villages." This made him visit many villages across the country to see how the people are doing. In 1920, Gandhi became president of the Indian National Congress and demanded independence from British rule. A decade later, Gandhi led a march of civil disobedience against the British Raj to end the monopoly the British empire had over Indian salt. Gandhi believed that salt is a necessary commodity and the British have no right to control what's not theirs. The salt movement led to the arrest of tens of thousands of Indians including Gandhi himself. Gandhi was soon released from jail, and a few years later the British went to war with Germany. The Indians used the war to their benefit by demanding independence and self rule. Unlucky for Gandhi, tensions emerged between Indians who believed in the partition of India based on religion, and those who believed in a United country. Gandhi believed in a united India where Muslims and Hindus can live together side by side in harmony. On the other hand, some prominent leaders such as Mohammed Jinnah believed in 2 states a Muslim state and a Hindu state. Violence broke out between Hindus and Muslims regarding the partition problem. The Mahatma was deeply dismayed by the inhumane acts of violence that divided the country and caused

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