Outlaws! The word often haunts us, as we sit and ponder over it. Usually it brings with it, a sense of insecurity and fear. Sometimes after watching a movie or after reading a crime story, we are scared about going out alone, or sometimes, even in the house we have a feeling, as if someone is watching us.
Why is all this? Why are we scared in our own house? Why are we scared to go out? It is because after watching so many movies, reading the papers and being aware about the crimes happening all around us, we just don’t want to take a chance with our lives. Life is to precious a thing to take chances with.
Often we ask ourselves, who are all these people who commit crimes, are they not aware of their actions? Are they the same as us, do they come from the same kind of society as we do?
These criminals are the same as us, they come from the same kind of society as we do, eat the same kind of food, wear the same kind clothes, but still in a way are very different from us. They commit crimes! That is, probably one of the only things, that can differentiate them from us. But why do they commit crimes is the question?
Sometimes it is due to the lack of money, when people are trying to find a quick way to earn some money. Sometimes, it is for revenge and sometimes without any reason. But there are different kinds of outlaws. A person maybe an outlaw in the eyes of some, and innocent according to others. For ex. Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. They fought for the right of the people and did not give into the system and hence in the eyes of the government were considered to be outlaws.
Gandhi played a major role in the fight against the British for the Independence of India. He led India towards Independence and hence is called the “Father of the Nation.” Before coming to India he was in South Africa for some time and there, he practiced non-violence, to fight for the rights of Indians, residing in South Africa. He was sentenced to prison and after being released; he came back to India. Here he again practiced non-violence and in harmony with a number of other people, was able to force the British Government to leave India and go back to there own Country.
He preached and practiced non-violence and gave it a new name, he called it “Satyagraha”. According to Gandhi “Satyagraha is the vindication of truth not by infliction of suffering on the opponent but on one’s self” (qtd. in “The Life and Death of Mahatma Gandhi” 477). During the time when he was fighting against the British, he led a number of movements and hence in the eyes of the British, was considered an Outlaw.
Among the many acts practiced by him, one of them was the “Spin and Weave”(qtd. in “Gandhi and Modern India” 132). He asked the Indians to stop buying British clothing and spin the wheel and make cotton for themselves. This gave the British cotton industry a big jolt, as the sales started declining tremendously. In accordance with this...