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Gandhi's Nonviolent Revolution by Sanderson Beck

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If we take India to be the microcosm of Gandhi's teachings and influence, I don't see how we can come to any other conclusion except that Gandhi's ways are a complete failure, even after only fifty years of his death. Gandhi preached non-violence. Non-violence was totally abandoned in India. Gandhi preached self-empowerment, yet the average Indian is no more empowered before Gandhi than after Gandhi. Gandhi preached peace, yet India is constantly drifting toward war in one form or another. Gandhi wanted his people to "love the British" who were oppressing them. That was the foundation of his beliefs in the power of non-violence. Yet the fact remains that "love" was the last way to describe the way in which Indians viewed Britain, even despite the fact that India was created without a war.

Assassination of Mahatma Gandhi - Wikipedia

Gandhi's love for people and his religious fervor made him a revolutionary in many of his ideas and actions
On September 12, 1931 Gandhi reached London, where he met Charlie Chaplin, George Bernard Shaw, and Maria Montessori among others. Not having seen a movie, Gandhi did not know who Chaplin was, but his criticisms of modern civilization may have influenced Chaplin’s 1936 film . Gandhi spoke for a half hour on radio to the United States about a nonviolent way better than brute force to fight for freedom that is more consistent with human dignity. He appealed to the conscience of the world to rescue his people, who were dying in order to regain liberty. In discussing relations with the British he said he did not want isolated independence but voluntary interdependence based on love. However, the British Labor government had been replaced by a coalition led by Ramsay MacDonald, and they used the Indian minorities problems to divide the Indian Congress. Gandhi received a telegram that the Congress representatives had withdrawn from the restricted Surat inquiry. In his final speech at the Conference on November 30, 1931 Gandhi said he still wanted complete independence and warned, “Today you have to fight the school of terrorists which is there with your disciplined and organized terrorism, because you will be blind to the facts or the writing on the wall.”18


Gandhi's philosophy of Non-violence - Africa needs Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi was an Indian revolutionary and religious leader who used his religious power for political and social reform. Although he held no governmental office, he was the main force behind the second-largest nation in …
Albert Einstein said that Gandhi 's great contribution to our time was his determination to moralise politics. Gandhi insisted that you can apply the same moral values to politics, business or industry as you do in private life. Love, truth, nonviolence - all these ideals can be applied here and now to every aspect of life. "It is perfectly possible," as Gandhi said, "for an individual to adopt this way of life without having to wait for others to do so."

Gandhi became involved in campaigns helping the Indian people. The salt march of 1930 is a good example of Gandhi 's nonviolence, or satyagraha he called it (from satya truth and graha strength). To protest at the government's salt tax, Gandhi proposed a 240-mile march from Ahmedabad to the coastal town of Dandi. The salt tax charged the Indian people for a basic human necessity and prevented them making their own salt. Gandhi wrote to the Viceroy, Lord Irwin, explaining his intentions: "My ambition is no less than to convert the British people through nonviolence, and thus make them see the wrong they have done to India".

Excerpts from The Law of Love by M.K

Creative reflection on possible responses
The next stage of satyagraha involves a period of incubation where time is given for full reflection on possible ways forward, on possible ways to respond in nonviolent terms to the perpetuation of wrong-doing. For Gandhi, as a committed Hindu, this also embraced the spiritual practices of meditation and prayer. A good example of this was the Salt Satyagraha which Gandhi initiated to highlight the injustice of British taxation on Indian salt. Prior to the formulation and enactment of this satyagraha, Gandhi had instinctively felt that a powerful symbolic gesture of defiance had to be made in order to show the British administration the injustice of their presence in India. On 10 January 1930 Gandhi told Nehru: “ I have not seen my way clear as yet,” and continued to probe deeper into introspection. But a few weeks later he spoke about an inner voice that revealed to him a way forward ¬ the Salt Satyagraha. On 12 March 1930, Gandhi started on an historical march, leaving Ahmedabad to walk the two hundred and forty miles to the sea at Dandi. Originally only seventy-nine marchers were selected to undertake the walk, but the further they progressed into their journey the more people joined them, swelling their ranks to thousands. On 6 April Gandhi and his followers waded over the sands at Dandi and ceremoniously scooped up handfuls of natural salt which set off a huge explosion of emotions and jubilations. Gandhi was later arrested.
The Salt Satyagraha proved to be one of the most dramatic and poignant episodes in the struggle for independence, showing Britain, and the rest of the world, how unjust a tax on an abundant natural resource actually was.
Gandhi, throughout his life, acknowledged that a quick fired, instinctive reaction to injustice may cause unnecessary harm; may bring in its wake further, unexpected injustice. Flowing from a deep engagement with introspection, all responses, he thought must be measured in terms of their potential for meeting explicit, nonviolent objectives. Certainly, after giving sufficient creative time to contemplating all possible responses to a given problem, some fairly detailed evaluation needs to be made concerning the relevance and effectiveness of the proposed action. Here consultation, discussion, inquiry, and research take over in trying to minimize the risk of failure, but it is the initial phase of reflection and contemplation that provides the creative spark that sets everything else into motion.

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Hope is the capacity, supremely human, to look beyond the rational, surface reality into hidden depths that contain many surprises, many possibilities. Gandhi knew that when fighting for justice, you must never give in, never give up hope because a new dawn can break at the most unexpected time. It is always the darkest just before the dawn.
Gandhi also knew that his life was seen to be exemplary and inspirational for so many people so he felt a strong sense of personal responsibility in leading by example and showing a transparent determination to fight on, regardless of setbacks.
A well conceived and fully effective delivery of satyagraha will always win in the end, Gandhi felt, because it attunes to a higher level of spiritual action which creates liberation for both the opposition and the satyagrahi. Both parties can pull away from their dispute with dignity because the perpetuation of force and wrong-doing by the oppressor have been effectively neutralized through the peaceful and ethically-based responses of the satyagrahi. Gandhi’s deeply felt respect, and regard, for the opposition, clearly displayed at every opportunity, was a powerful force that succeeded in winning over so many people.