Kathryn Cole 4th
Throughout Gandhi's life, his optimism and peaceful revolts changed the lives of millions and eventually gained the independence of India. One of his most famous movements was the Salt March. The goal of the march was to lift the British tax off of the salt in which they use to produce themselves. The plan was to march 240 miles to the costal village of Dandi and continue to make their own salt without paying tax. This event was from March to April 1930 and had the attention of most of the world.
Gandhi spinning yarn in the late 1920's, one of his ways to meditate and think.
Gandhi walks with other protesters during the Salt March, on the way to Dandi in 1930.
Gandhi photographed fasting as one of the nonviolent acts of civil disobedience.
Mini Bio: Gandhi
Civil Disobedience vs. Gandhi
Civil disobedience can be defined as the refusal to comply with certain laws or to pay taxes and fines as peaceful form of political protest. Through nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi's way of life and protests can be compared to many concepts seen in Thoreau's Civil Disobedience. In many cases, citizens will not act upon a law they deem unjust or unfair yet, "All men recognize the right of revolution; that is the right to refuse allegiance to, and resist the government..." (Thoreau). One of Gandhi's most famous protests was the Salt March. During this time Gandhi was the leader several hundred people marching to the coast to make salt; a peaceful protest in order to comply with British taxes. This example is just one of many other protests Gandhi was a part of. Without Gandhi's teachings and revolts the world today would be a lot different. Thanks to Gandhi we can all follow his example and stand up for the things we believe in.