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The Gandhian Philosophy Of Non Violence Essay

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Anthony Burgess, a late renowned English author, poet, playwright, and composer, once said, “It’s always good to remember where you come from and celebrate it. To remember where you come from is part of where you’re going.” It is also said that one should know of their heritage, country, and background as well as the well-known and prominent figures of their country. Being an Indian, it is vital to me along with my family that I know why I am here as well as I know who I owe my respect to (besides God, of course). Being specifically from Gujarat, there is one name that arises in my mind. Gandhi. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi of Gujarat, the same country I am from, was a very important and momentous man who not just changed Gujarat, but India as a whole. This man signifies India’s independence and freedom from the tyranny of the ghastly British. The way he flourished from being a shy lawyer to a stalwart rebellion leader shows and symbolizes how devoted and steadfast he was to God and his country. The aspect that I desire to learn is the good and bad of his non-violence philosophy and how it influenced and changed the future through analyzing the change he went through, as well as the change India went through. Based on a plethora of prior knowledge, I would predict that it was his words that had gotten through, as well as India’s dedication and determination to the riddance of the British.
People have their origins no matter who they are or where they came from. On the second of October in 1869, a child was born to Karamchandbhai and Putaliba and his name was Mohandas (Juergensmeyer 1). Juergensmeyer also states, Mohandas was raised praising Lord Krishna the new protestant Hindu way (1). Gandhiji as a child had a very violent temper however, he was very shy (“Mohandas Gandhi,” American Decades 2). Gandhi’s oldest friend, Mehtab, was a Muslim and his spiritual mentor happened to be a Jain (Juergensmeyer 1). This showed how diverse religion was not just in India, but also in Gandhiji’s life as well as how beliefs were very different. At thirteen, he had an arranged marriage with Kasturba, also called “ba,” and at the age of nineteen, Gandhiji was admitted to the bar and went to England to study law (“Mohandas Gandhi,” Contemporary Heroes 4). Gandhiji was so committed that when it came to learning he would jump at the opportunity. For example, Gandhiji learned to read, write, and speak Gujarati (his mother tongue) and English in just a matter of years. Everything began to shift when Gandhiji began to perceive the world and its issues the way a philosopher would.
Although the British have ruled for about over a hundred years, there were rapid acts passed, movements carried out, etc. because they saw there was a man capable of taking them down. In 1919, the Rowlatt Acts, passed by Sir Sydney Rowlatt declared imprisonment of anyone suspected of terrorism and immediate two years without trial (Iynger 5). Iyengar also states that this leads to the...

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