The Role of Non-Violence in the Life of M.K. Gandhi
"I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as
old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as
vast a scale as I could." M.K. Gandhi
One of the first uses of a non-violent protest in the life of M.K.
Gandhi was when he was living in South Africa. The government
announced that all Indians living in South Africa had to carry
identity cards. One of the first encounters that Gandhi had with
racism and prejudice was when he was travelling first class on a
train. Gandhi refused to move when asked to do so, until he was thrown
off the train because he wasn't sitting in the place that the Indians
had been made to sit. This angered Gandhi ...view middle of the document...
"I believe that if untouchability is really rooted out it with purge
India of a terrible blot. My fight against untouchability is a fight
against the impure in humanityâ€¦My fast is based on the cause of faith
in the Hindu community, and faith in human nature itself. MY cry will
rise to the throne of the almighty God"
After this and his non-violent fast - it did change some people's
minds on the Harijans; Gandhi was successful in showing that ahimsa
also meant respect for all.
Gandhi also protested about gaining independence for India because the
British who were not treating people fairly were governing India.
A huge protest, which changed the worlds view on the Hindus, was the
salt march of 1930. The British in India had put tax on the salt, the
protesters went to the sea and boiled water to get the salt. Many were
arrested but the second salt march would be a lot bloodier. Marchers
attempted to enter the salt factory and wanted to perform a huge sit
in because they believed that the laws were unfair. One by on the
British attacked them as they attempted to enter that factory.
Although the protesters didn't use violence, violence was used on
them. Because of this horrific event the salt law were taken away, and
not used as forcefully as before.
Many of Gandhi's actions were based on the belief of Satyagraha which
means the ' the truth force'. The four elements of Satyagraha are
truth, self-control, sacrifice and how he led his life, which was
non-violently. Because Gandhi followed a life of Satyagraha it meant
there was no way Gandhi could do anything wrong and therefore not be