Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Arisha Ali- 5th Period
Father of India
Mohandas Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India. He was the primary leader of India's independence movement. This movement was sparked by his civilly disobedient act of the Salt March. The Salt March took place on March 12, 1930 and introduced the idea of non-violent civil disobedience to the world.
Gandhi leading his supporters to the beach where they will make salt in order to civilly protest the salt tax imposed by the British.
Gandhi's supporters making salt on the beach as an act of civil disobedience.
A picture of Mohandas Gandhi.
Footage - Gandhi - 1930 April, #02
Salt March in Relation to Civil Disobedience
Mohandas Gandhi displayed civil disobedience through his act of the Salt March. Gandhi's method of problem-solving relates to much of that of Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience." When faced with the problem of the British outlawing the collection or sale of salt and placed a heavy tax on British salt, Gandhi responded in a calm and civil manner. It can be agreed that "Unjust laws exist" by both Thoreau and Gandhi. However, they also seem to agree that the proper way to handle this is not through violence. Disobedience of laws can occur through small actions "For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be." Gandhi began his revolution through his small action of collecting salt from the salt water on the beach. When people saw that he was rebelling without violence, they joined him, and together they abolished the salt tax.