Mohandas Karamochad Gandhi
By: Kimberly Camper
In 1906, after the Transvaal government passed an ordinance regarding the registration of its Indian population, Gandhi led a campaign of civil disobedience that would last for the next eight years. In 1913, hundreds of Indians living in South Africa, even women were jailed. And thousands of Indian's who were on strike were imprisoned, flogged and even shot. Finally, under pressure from the British and Indian governments, the government of South Africa accepted a compromise negotiated by Gandhi and General Jan Christian Smuts, which included important concessions such as the recognition of Indian marriages and the abolition of the existing poll tax for Indians.
While being on strike was what Gandhi thought was right the Government didn't agree and placed him in jail along with dozens of other Indian men and women.
This is Gandhi walking with hundreds of fellow Indian people rebelling against the Indian registration ordinance.
Gandhi's word had finally touched the South African Government and he was able to make a deal that gave more rights to his people.