The Negative Similarities Of Mao Zedong And Mahatma Gandhi

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Mao Zedong and Mahatma Gandhi, two respected leaders who achieved great accomplishments during their lives. However, Mao Zedong tends to have a much more negative connotation than Mahatma Gandhi. Some will say that they are very different from each other, while others might claim that they are very similar. On an unbiased view, they are infact very different and very similar in every way. Here in this essay, you will find out everything you need to understand between the two leaders.

Mao Zedong was a powerful revolutionist who western powers who controlled China. In his arguably most famous quote, he states: “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun...” (Zedong). Mao Zedong tells how in order to grow a political movement that is successful,
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Mao’s main goal was to make China a strong Communist country in the future. Mao had a very effective plan to accomplish this as well. Mao reached out to younger kids and persuaded them to rebel against higher authorities. In At the Center of the Storm it states: “It was Chairman Mao who set us free by allowing us to rebel against authorities...” (Young). By capitalizing on this, this got Mao the support he needed of the future of China. This means that his beliefs will be supported of the children when they’re adults, and their future children. Gandhi however, was trying to gain more freedom for the people of India. Gandhi wanted India to run as its own independent country, and used many tactics to drive Britain out. Gandhi was persistent with his act of rebelling, this is a direct result of Britain giving India their country back. Gandhi used methods from The Salt March, to making Indians commit tax evasion. Even though these two men had different goals, one goal they shared was making women have more rights. Before Mao was in charge, marriages were often arranged by families. In 1919 a lady by the name of Miss Chao committed suicide because of her arranged marriage; Mao wrote: “It happened because of the shameful system of arranged marriages, because of the darkness of the social system, the negation of the individual will, and the absence of the freedom to choose one 's own mate" (Mao). Mao explains that how arranged marriages bring more harm than good, and should be stopped because it should be human nature to pick a mate. Mao also stated in The Little Red Book: “A man in China is usually subjected to the domination of three systems of authority [political authority, family authority and religious authority].... As for women, in addition to being dominated by these three systems of authority, they are also dominated by the men (the authority of the husband). These

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