Mahatma Gandhi

Jonathan Beikirch - 7th

Brief Overview

Gandhi was an anti-war activist who was from, at the time, British ruled India. He was the leader of the independence movement in India. He organized several different boycotts against British institutions and displayed civil disobedience.
Mahatma Gandhi Biography

Gandhi and Civil Disobedience

Mahatma Gandhi represents ideas found in Henry David Thoreau's, "Civil Disobedience". Gandhi really idolized the idea of peaceful protesting that Thoreau introduced while spending time in jail. Thoreau gave an excellent example explain that, "If a thousand men were not to pay their tax-bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood." This "innocent blood" he is referring to is the blood of innocent slaves that are continued to be held by their masters and beaten because of this tax. Thoreau basically says that by not paying it is actually less of a crime then doing it and supporting a false cause. This is where Gandhi and Thoreau share ideas. They both believe in what Thoreau called it, "peaceable revolution". They wanted to stress to people that it is possible to obtain equality and justice by fighting with peace.