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Martin Luther King vs Gandhi

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Martin Luther King vs Gandhi

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People all over the world know that Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. did great things in their life times. They were civil right activists who took a form of action to obtain equal rights amongst their society. But which one was more effective during his time? The answer to this question is somewhat biased, usually depending on your race, geographical location, and if you or someone you know has directly experienced the effects of the actions of these men. An Indian would choose Mohandas Gandhi over Martin Luther King Jr. without even thinking about it. African Americans are going to choose Martin Luther King Jr. because he fought for their rights. Someone living in or near South Africa or India would most likely choose Mohandas Gandhi as the more effective person, whereas a person near or in the United Sates would choose Martin Luther King Jr. Mohandas Gandhi freed an entire country with non-violent protests and changed laws in South Africa; this makes him more effective during his time than Martin Luther King Jr. Method of Non violence was the trade mark of both these men. Initially it was Gandhi who was known for his non violence behavior; rather condemn his own party against violence. Gandhi moved to South Africa in 1893 to serve the Indian population after failing to establish a legal practice in Bombay. Subsequent to moving to South Africa, he recognized many laws that discriminated against Indians and initiated a change by taking action. Gandhi developed his theory of satyagraba ("soul force"), which implicates social justice through love as well as suffering the consequences. After meeting with a group of Indian nationalists he wrote down his theories in a pamphlet called "Hind Swarf" or "Indian Home Rule". Both Gandhi and King were goal oriented leaders. Mahatma Gandhi wanted self-government for India. King cherished 1st class citizenship for Afro-American. Both of them opted nonviolent resistance as their strategy, partially since it was the...