The Great Soul
Most of todays heros like Batman, Zena and others are all fighters or warriors, but Mahutma Gandhi ended the British rule over his country, India, without striking a single blow. Instead he used the principle of non-violence and civil disobedience.
‘An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.’
Gandhi believed that the best way to gain respect and honour from the British government, was to do it with gentleness and respect.
Proverbs 15 verse 1: A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.
‘Non-violence is a weapon for the brave.’
So instead of violence, Ghandi led campaigns and marches against the injust laws he wanted changed.
In1906, Ghandi declared he would go to jail or even die before he would obey an anti-Asian law. Thousands of Indians joined him.
In 1920 he launched a non-cooperation campaign against Britian pleading the Indians to spin their own cotton and to protest against British goods, courts and government. He was imprisoned for 2 years.
In1930, in protest against salt tax, Gandhi led thousands of Indians marching for 320km down to the sea to make their own salt. And once again he was imprisoned.
During WW2, he demanded instant independence as India’s payment for helping the british during the war. He was jailed for the third time.
“When I dispare, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been giants and murderers and for a time they can be seen invincible, but in the end they always fall. Whenever you think the way of violence is ment to be, think of this.”
” My notion of democracy is that, under it the weaksest should have the same opportunities as the strongest.’
Ghandi believed that all people of all races, nationality and colour, wealth, status and occupation should be treated equally. This was Ghandis altimate aim.
In 1947 he acheived it. India was granted independence.
But the land was split into 2 countries, India and Pakastan. This bought countless Hindu vs Muslim fights. Once again, Ghandi turned to non-violence and fasted many times for up to 6 days, attempting to stop the riots. But on the 30th January, 1948, Ghandi was killed by a Hindu man who was maddened by his efforts to reconsile Hindus vs Muslims.
Mahatma Ghandi died as one of the greatest political and social leaders of the 20th centery. His use of non-violence led to his countries independence.
Ghandi once said. “Where there is injustice I always believe in fighting…It is how we fight that is the question”.
And it is the fact that Ghandi chose to fight non violently but strongly that has placed India where it is today.
By Melanie Hagan