A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal. A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion. A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty. If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth. It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh. Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her. The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem. There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever. To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer. What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? Danielle Ford combines her desire for Social Change and love of Marketing to create Online Platforms that make an Impact. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (pronounced [?mo???nd?a?s ?k?r?mt??nd? ??a?nd??i] ( listen); 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. Born and raised in a Hindu merchant caste family in coastal Gujarat, western India, and trained in law at the Inner Temple, London, Gandhi first employed nonviolent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community’s struggle for civil rights. Gandhi famously led Indians in challenging the British-imposed salt tax with the 400 km (250 mi) Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942.
Gandhi is commonly, though not officially,[10] considered the Father of the Nation[11] in India. The Indian classics, especially the stories of Shravana and king Harishchandra, had a great impact on Gandhi in his childhood.
Gandhi’s first major achievements came in 1918 with the Champaran and Kheda agitations of Bihar and Gujarat. In 1918, Kheda was hit by floods and famine and the peasantry was demanding relief from taxes. In December 1921, Gandhi was invested with executive authority on behalf of the Indian National Congress. Gandhi even invented a small, portable spinning wheel that could be folded into the size of a small typewriter.[74] This was a strategy to inculcate discipline and dedication to weeding out the unwilling and ambitious and to include women in the movement at a time when many thought that such activities were not respectable activities for women.


Gandhi was criticised by some Congress party members and other Indian political groups, both pro-British and anti-British.
Gandhi and the entire Congress Working Committee were arrested in Bombay by the British on 9 August 1942. While the leaders of Congress languished in jail, the other parties supported the war and gained organizational strength. Gandhi in 1947, with Lord Louis Mountbatten, Britain’s last Viceroy of India, and his wife Vicereine Edwina Mountbatten. Memorial at the former Birla House, New Delhi, where Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated at 5:17 PM on 30 January 1948 on his way to a prayer meeting.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated in the garden of the former Birla House (now Gandhi Smriti) at 5:17 PM on 30 January 1948. Friends and comrades, the light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere, and I do not quite know what to tell you or how to say it. While India mourned and communal (inter-religious) violence escalated, there were calls for retaliation, and even an invasion of Pakistan by the Indian army.
But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
After his return to India in 1915, he set about organising peasants, farmers, and urban labourers to protest against excessive land-tax and discrimination. Eschewing the official celebration of independence in Delhi, Gandhi visited the affected areas, attempting to provide solace. His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and world-wide as the International Day of Nonviolence. His father, Karamchand Gandhi (1822–1885), served as the diwan (chief minister) of Porbander state.
The Champaran agitation pitted the local peasantry against their largely British landlords who were backed by the local administration. Under his leadership, the Congress was reorganised with a new constitution, with the goal of Swaraj.
Furthermore, cooperation among Hindus and Muslims, which had been strong at the height of the nonviolence campaign, was breaking down.
He focused instead on resolving the wedge between the Swaraj Party and the Indian National Congress, and expanding initiatives against untouchability, alcoholism, ignorance and poverty. All Congressmen resigned from office.[98] After long deliberations, Gandhi declared that India could not be party to a war ostensibly being fought for democratic freedom while that freedom was denied to India itself. Some felt that not supporting Britain more in its struggle against Nazi Germany was unethical. Underground publications flailed at the ruthless suppression of Congress, but it had little control over events.[107] At the end of the war, the British gave clear indications that power would be transferred to Indian hands. Over two million people joined the five-mile long funeral procession that took over five hours to reach Raj Ghat from Birla house, where he was assassinated. Nehru and Patel, the two strongest figures in the government and in Congress, had been pulling in opposite directions; the assassination pushed them together. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women’s rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, but above all for achieving Swaraj or self-rule. Gandhi attempted to practise nonviolence and truth in all situations, and advocated that others do the same.


In the months following, he undertook several fasts unto death to promote religious harmony. The peasantry was forced to grow Indigo, a cash crop whose demand had been declining over two decades, and were forced to sell their crops to the planters at a fixed price.
A social boycott of mamlatdars and talatdars (revenue officials within the district) accompanied the agitation. Many Britons celebrated the action as needed to prevent another violent uprising similar to the Rebellion of 1857, an attitude that caused many Indian leaders to decide the Raj was controlled by their enemies. Gandhi attempted to bridge these differences through many means, including a three-week fast in the autumn of 1924, but with limited success.[79] In this year, Gandhi was persuaded to preside over the Congress session to be held in Belgaum.
26 January 1930 was celebrated as India’s Independence Day by the Indian National Congress meeting in Lahore.
As the war progressed, Gandhi intensified his demand for independence, calling for the British to Quit India in a speech at Gowalia Tank Maidan. Gandhi’s body was transported on a weapons carrier, whose chassis was dismantled overnight to allow a high-floor to be installed so that people could catch a glimpse of his body.
He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn hand spun on a charkha. Gandhi criticised both the actions of the British Raj and the retaliatory violence of Indians.
A hierarchy of committees was set up to improve discipline, transforming the party from an elite organisation to one of mass national appeal.
Gandhi agreed to become president of the session on one condition: that Congressmen should take to wearing homespun khadi. In the preceding year, the British government had appointed a new constitutional reform commission under Sir John Simon, which did not include any Indian as its member. His 50-year old secretary Mahadev Desai died of a heart attack 6 days later and his wife Kasturba died after 18 months imprisonment on 22 February 1944; six weeks later Gandhi suffered a severe malaria attack.
He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as the means to both self-purification and social protest. For five months, the administration refused but finally in end-May 1918, the Government gave way on important provisions and relaxed the conditions of payment of revenue tax until the famine ended. Gandhi expanded his nonviolence platform to include the swadeshi policy—the boycott of foreign-made goods, especially British goods. He was released before the end of the war on 6 May 1944 because of his failing health and necessary surgery; the Raj did not want him to die in prison and enrage the nation. Congress tightly controlled the epic public displays of grief over a two-week period—the funeral, mortuary rituals and distribution of the martyr’s ashes—as millions participated and hundreds of millions watched. Linked to this was his advocacy that khadi (homespun cloth) be worn by all Indians instead of British-made textiles. Gandhi pushed through a resolution at the Calcutta Congress in December 1928 calling on the British government to grant India dominion status or face a new campaign of noncooperation with complete independence for the country as its goal. This was highlighted by the famous Salt March to Dandi from 12 March to 6 April, where he marched 388 kilometres (241 mi) from Ahmedabad to Dandi, Gujarat to make salt himself.
The goal was to assert the power of the government and legitimise the Congress Party’s control. The government suppressed the RSS, the Muslim National Guards, and the Khaksars, with some 200,000 arrests.



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