Nonviolence Analysis

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“[People] find it difficult to grasp the idea of nonresistance”(Doc G). There is an adequate amount of evidence from historical examples that nonviolence can be an effective and conclusive method of social action, and this can be shown through Gandhi and and King’s strategic methods. Gandhi brought independence to India and King brought civil rights to the United States. Ultimately, deep religious conviction was the underlying source of nonviolent success.
Gandhi was a Hindu and believed nonviolence was the highest virtue of life and was only attained at the end of a prolonged spiritual practice. When writing to Lord Irwin, he expresses how he could never intentionally hurt anything that lives even if someone does the greatest wrong upon him
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Gandhi and his volunteers taught the peasants how to “organize marches and peaceful demonstrations” (Todd 55). After multiple protests and marches, the Kheda campaign ended when the British agreed to only tax the most wealthy peasants. Gandhi also use satyagraha in this famous Salt Marches. Gandhi had asked his disciples on the coast to retrieve their own salt, and asked Indians in other places to buy or sell contraband salt. Since the salt tax hurt every Indian, Gandhi decided that a satyagraha force against it would unite all people. In the 1930s, when Gandhi was in jail, Mme. Naidu spoke upon his behalf at the Dharasana Salt March. Naidu expressed to the protesters how you shall never raise a hand to ward off the blows, you must not resist (Doc G). Gandhi stressed the importance of being willing to compromise on non-essentials.The news of the Salt Marches reached all across the world. “American reporters sent home accounts of police brutalities on violators of salt laws who remained nonviolent” (Mason 197). The Salt March was pronounced successful when the Gandhi-Irwin accord was released that made coastal salt collection legal. A year later, the British government admitted that they …show more content…
Instead of utilizing violence against aggressors, Gandhi and King chose to retaliate against unjust laws nonviolently. These social reformers achieved this by nonviolent methods such as satyagraha and civil disobedience. After the British’s demeaning laws and taxes, Gandhi led multiple movements with the use of satyagraha to abolish them. Similarly, King organized a complete boycott of buses to promote his cause until the government had changed their ways. Although having subtle differences, these two methods provided their causes significant strength without the use of weapons or brutality.
The innovative ways of King and Gandhi led to success through nonviolence. In contrast to past centuries’ extreme violence, the 20th century revolutionaries found a way to succeed without using “the sword.” From Gandhi’s disciples, to King’s civil rights advocates, these men (and their followers) applied their deep religious conviction to their causes. Ultimately, this led to a revolutionization of revolutions because nonviolence had never been deployed

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