Mohandas Gandhi (Spiritual Leaders and Thinkers) by Anne M Todd

By Anne M Todd

A sequence that examines the lives of people that have had an immense impression at the background or present perform of faith. This quantity follows the lifetime of Mohandas Gandhi, chief of the Indian fight for independance.

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The Gandhis returned to their lives in India. Mohandas did quite a bit of traveling and, wherever he went, he spoke about the issues Indians faced in South Africa. During his travels, he met Gopal Krishna Gokhale, a well-liked Indian politician. Both Indians and British officials respected Gokhale. Gokhale later became Gandhi’s close friend and mentor. 37 38 MOHANDAS GANDHI As Gandhi traveled across India, he became more and more aware of the similarities between his fight in South Africa for equal treatment between Indians and whites and the struggle in India between the castes and the Untouchables.

Gandhi also helped the war effort by sewing clothes for the soldiers. Some of Gandhi’s friends questioned his involvement in the war. They considered it going against his ideas of peace. But Gandhi felt he had three options: W I could declare open resistance to the war and, in accordance with the law of Satyagraha, boycott the Empire until it changed its military policy; or I could seek imprisonment by civil disobedience of such of its laws as were fit to be disobeyed; or I could participate in the war on the side of the Empire and thereby acquire the capacity and fitness for resisting the violence of war.

The corps worked for six weeks, mostly outside the line of fire, attending the wounded. During the Battle at Spion Kop, the corps had to take greater risks when the battle grew fierce and there were many wounded. The corps did cross the firing line in order to carry wounded soldiers off the field and give them the medical attention they needed. Gandhi later won a medal for his service during the battle. The war was not yet over—it would take three years until the Boers finally surrendered in 1902—but the British were thankful for the Indians’ war efforts and relations between the two groups appeared to improve.

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