Life and Impact of Gandhi

NayLo, Harrison Haas, Cole Solomen, Marcelo Robles

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." -Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi's Life

  • Mohandas K. Gandhi was born October 2, 1869, the youngest in his family. As a child, he was very shy and did not say much.
  • He got married at age 13 to Kasturba who he was married to until she died in 1944.
  • At age 18 he left his family to travel to London and become a lawyer. In London he also developed the mentality of simplistic living.
  • At age 23, he again left his family and went to South Africa. Here he planned on learning more about law, but ended up beginning his stand against discrimination.
  • Gandhi worked in South Africa to give Indians the rights they deserved. In fact, in 1894, he established the Natal Indian Congress.
  • Gandhi traveled back to India in 1914 where he made his first year back a year of observation.
  • While in India, his ways protesting against injustices was through things such as like peaceful strikes. He continued these actions for many years until India began to gain its independence.
  • Gandhi died on January 30, 1948
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Events In Gandhi's life

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The Salt March (Satyagraha)

The 'Salt March' in April of 1930 is probably one of Gandhi's hall mark events that increased his popularity between like minded Indians and angered the government officials of Britain, who at the time had control over the British India Country.

Gandi and 78 other male satyagrahis took a 240 mile- 23 day walk to reach the beaches of Dandi where they picked up the salt, breaking the law. Since there were so many of them, the British soldiers were unable to stop them all. Although Gandi was sent to prison, his actions made a statement.

Footage - Gandhi - 1930 April, #02

Social Liberation of The Untouchable Class

For the thousand years Indian tradition has created, through religious influences, a cast system that categorizes people. According to Gandhi's creed everyone is equal and because of this he focused on bringing equal social rights to those of India's lowest 'Untouchable' class. To protest the treatment of The untouchables Grandi embarked on a 6 day fast when he was in prision.

Gandhi's Teachings

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Gandhi's Lasting Legacy

Mahatma (meaning "Great Soul") is known as the father of the Indian independence movement. When he worked in South Africa for 20 years to fight discrimination, he created satyagraha, a non-violent way of protesting against unfair things.

While in India, he lived and dressed simplistically as he connected with the people of India. For the rest of his life, he worked in India protesting against the rule of the British, striving for India's independence, and make the lives better for the lowest class.

Gandhi's example not only changed India, but became an example for people all around the world to protest without violence. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most famous examples of another important leader who followed Gandhi's "satyagraha".

Gandhi - His Triumph changed the World Forever