“I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” – Mahatma Gandi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. He is well known for his nonviolent way of solving the conflict to give india its independance.
At the age of 23, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi set sail to South Africa to work as a lawyer. When he arrived he thought would be treated as any other briton as he was from a British colony but he was met with discrimination and social unjustice because of his skin colour and origin. Mahatma Gandhi was deeply troubled by how he and his fellow Indians were treated and had a hard time to understand how people can feel honour or superiority such inhumane practices.
In 1894, after the conclusion of the case which had brought him to South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi opposed a bill which would deny Indians the right to vote in South Africa. The bill passed but the case gathered attention to the grievances of Indians in South Africa which lead to the creation of Natal Indian congress in the same year. The aim of the organisation was to fight Indian discrimination in South Africa and create a unified political force for tolerance and compassion.
It was in 1906, during the protests against a new Act compelling registration of the colony’s Indian and Chinese populations, that Gandhi first employed his methodology of Satyagraha (devotion to the truth or nonviolent protest).
After coming back to India Mahatma Gandhi was still loyal to the British Empire, but as soon as they started to crack down on Indian civil liberties Gandhi began to organize nonviolent protests. The Amritsar Massacre, in which British troops gunned down peaceful Indian protestors, convinced Gandhi and India of the need for self-rule. In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi wrote the Declaration of Independence of India, and then led the Salt March in protest against the British monopoly on salt. This touched off acts of civil disobedience across India, and the British were forced to invite him to London for a Round-Table Conference.
Gandhi is one of the greatest symbols of nonviolence and peace and a great role model to all of us.