(Wolf 171) Nevertheless he traveled to England to attend law school in 1888 in accordance with the desires of his family. He studied for three years in London where he “began to come alive, intellectually and spiritually”(Wolf 171). Upon his return to India, Gandhi was hired by an Indian firm to take a case in South Africa. While there Gandhi witnessed several cases of injustice against himself and the Indian population in South Africa. Gandhi himself was thrown out of a first-class train car because he was not white.
“The future depends on what we do in the present.” Mohandas Gandhi spent his life teaching those around him about peace and equality. Gandhi saw the suffering of many people and found a way to completely, and successfully, change it. He did not use any violence and taught others fighting with him how to protest peacefully. Even to this day, he is remembered as a father of India and is greatly honored by those around the world. Mohandas Gandhi was a very influential person in the peace movement because he led India’s independence movement, he proved that one man has the power to take on an empire, and he influenced other leaders around the world by his nonviolent ways.
Gandhi achieved this status for Indians in South Africa by a method called “Satyagraha” or “passive resistance”. This involved a non-violent means of refusing to co-operate with the government’s wishes, thus forcing the government to meet the demands of the resistors. This method of nonco-operation earned Gandhi a great deal of respect, world-wide acclaim and helped him considerably reduce legalized racism against Indians in South Africa. Gandhi was a very patriotic man and believed that people in his country should become one in unity, but he knew that there were obstacles that had to be overcome. One of the hardest of these obstacles was easing Muslim and Hindu tensions.
Many Indians and blacks were jailed but in the face of peaceful blacks and Indians simply trying to get more rights peacefully, the South African General had no choice but to negotiate with Gandhi, giving him his first of many vi... ... middle of paper ... ...d advise violence.”5 Gandhi did not advicate cowardism, and certainly was not one. Infact Gandhi was never afraid. “If I die by the bullet of a madman, I must do so smiling. Should such a thing happen to me, you are not to shed one tear.”6 Mohandas Gandhi’s strive towards the independence and freedom of the Indian people, elevated him to being one of the most powerful and influential people in the twentieth century. Not only has he inspired people in his nation, but in countries around the world, in the struggle in peaceful and non-violent civil disobedience, instead of bloodshed.
In South Africa, Gandhi worked relentlessly for twenty years, opposing discriminatory legislation that had oppressed Indians. He worked as an expatriate lawyer and fought for Indian civil rights. This experience in South Africa paved the way for Gandhi to fight for India’s independence from Britain. Gandhi pioneered an effective type of resistance through mass nonviolent civil disobedience. The Gandhian p... ... middle of paper ... ...t resistance implies the very opposite of weakness.
His continued influence can still be felt today in many non-violent peace organizations around the world bearing his name or teaching his philosophy. Gandhi has obviously had the greatest influence in India and South Africa where he worked for the rights of Indian citizens under British rule. While working in South Africa Gandhi experienced first hand the oppression Indian immigrants were facing. In 1984 he organized the Natal Indian Congress to help the Indian community in South Africa. Gandhi's ability as a leader first showed itself during the Anglo-Boer War in 1899 when he had over 1000 Indians serving under him in the Ambulance Corps to help the injured on the British Side.
Which got him a job later on his life in South Africa. The life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, who used non-violent resistance to persuade his people (in India) to seek freedom from British rule in the 1940s. Mahatma Gandhi did the salt march. Gandhi also tried as much as he could to keep Hindu's and Muslims to together. Gandhi allowed the lowest caste, the untouchables to join the ashram; wealthy Hindu's protested and stopped giving financial aid.
Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi whose real name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was born in 1869 at Porbandar in the state of Gujarat in India. His father’s name was Karamchand Gandhi and his mother’s name was Putlibai. He was the youngest in the family of one sister and three brothers. Both his parents were deeply religious and frequently visited temples and took their meals only after daily prayers. In school Gandhi was a mediocre student who was quite an introvert.
His actions were nonviolent protests, people living together in harmony; a world without war. Eventually, his words continue to be important today and his beliefs influenced many other leaders (Mahatma Gandhi Biography). Gandhi was seen as a saint by his followers and was popularly known as “mahatma,” which is Sanskrit for “great soul” (Mohandas K. Gandhi). His very famous quote “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” (Mahatma Gandhi Quotes), is and should be adopted by all humanity. Gandhi transformed the world positively through his teachings and inspiring non-violent resistance to oppression.
Everything he pursued in his life, he did so in a peaceful way. After having succeeded in removing some impartial laws in South Africa, Gandhi returned to his native land, India, with his own vision of an Independent India, and continued his work as the great leader of the independence movement. Always using passive resistance, Gandhi achieved at least a big part of his goals, even if he was not really sure himself of what he had accomplished. However, what is certain is that he showed to the world a new way to fight against injustices. Gandhi was seen as a great leader for many reasons.