Mahatma Gandhi

Background Information

Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian Independence movement in British-ruled Indian, also the architect of a form of civil disobedience.

This is the British Empire Indian flag. It was a symbol of the Independence movement. It took a while for the people to come to common ground on the flag but they finally did and this is what came of there decisions. A combination of the British flag and the star (which means "Heaven's light our guild").

How did Gandhi become the leader of his movement?

In 1914, Gandhi had come back to India where he had started to support the home independence movement. He then became the leader of the Indian National Congress, advocating a policy of non-violence non-co-operation. His main goal was to  help poor farmers and laborers protest taxation and discrimination.

Style of Government

The definition to a decentralized Gandhi style of government was democracy formed through decentralization. For Gandhi decentralization was the basic requirement for the success of a true democracy. Gandhi believed decentralized democracy based on non-violence must consist of groups settled in small communities.

Domestic Priorities  

Gandhi accomplished the salt march from Sabarmati to Dandi's sea to collect salt in protest of the British salt tax. He then ended violence between the Indians and Muslims in Calcutta right after India achieved its Independence.

Foreign Policies

India’s foreign policy has its roots in its struggle that was largely influenced by Gandhi’s values. The characteristics of India’s foreign policy in the first few decades after India’s independence. Gandhi inspired theses policies; non-alignment or the right to follow an independent foreign policy and to decide foreign policy issues on merit; • moral, diplomatic and economic support for the struggle against colonialism, racialism and apartheid; • non-violence and the quest for nuclear disarmament; and • India’s role as an international peacemaker.

Current event

The salt march is one of the most current event that Gandhi was involved in before his death. The salt march took place in 1930 in India. It was an act of civil disobedience to protect British rule in India.

A shout-out to my leader!

In my opinion Gandhi was best known for his non-violence. He was also known for being a very wise leader. He once said "An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind". This shows his side of non-violence and his wisdom.

Why I think my leader was the most influential!

I think Gandhi was the most influential because he showed us that even through your hardest point in life you can always make it, even using non-violence. Gandhi is also and inspiration he inspires people to stand up for what they believe in. He was a huge influence on all the people who were involved in his salt march. Gandhi was a teacher and a very wise man, who knew how to handle his problems non-violently.

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