Gandhi Movie: a Reaction Paper

Topics: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Nonviolence, Indian independence movement Pages: 2 (598 words) Published: January 27, 2013

“An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind”. One of the famous quote by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, or more popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi was born in the second day of October year 1869 in Porbandar Kathiawar Agency, British Indian Empire. In May 1883, when Mahatma was 13 years old, his father, Karamchand, and mother, Putilbai, arranged his marriage to Kasturbai Makhanji (also known as “Ba” and was 14 years old that time)for the sake of their custom region. They had four sons named: Harilal, Manilal, Ramdas, and Devdas. Gandhi studied law at University College London because his parents wanted him to be a lawyer. Gandhi studied and passed the board exam, then proceeds to South Africa to fight against discrimination by developing the philosophy of non-violence or Satyagraha- a way of protesting against injustice. He wanted equality and respect from different religions, characterized in his line “I am Muslim, I am Hindu. I am Christian, I am Jew”. Before Indian independence was given, Gandhi and his nation experienced a lot of difficulties and sacrifices. The process took so long; there was a time when Gandhi repeatedly arrested and put to prison, his followers were provoked to fight back to British authorities. By that time, Gandhi would fast until he pleased his followers to stop. In that way, he thought, British would react and free them as they wanted to be, but they didn’t, except to one General. Brigadier General Dyer ordered a massive fire to thousands of civilian: men, women and even children in an open field in Bagh where they held their meeting for protest of non-violence. This violent massacre was called Amritsar massacre killed 1526 from 1600 bullets, a very brutal massacre. Another part of Indian movement is the Salt March. Salt is one of the main sources of income and was controlled by British authorities. Gandhi protested against this, so he march and make salt against the law. This made massive...
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