Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi born in October 2nd 1869 Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India and he was the man who changed India as he was an activist who fought for India’s rights and ultimately gained independence for India from the British army in 1947. Gandhi had many techniques to persuade or fight the British army in order to receive their independence but one of the main method used to fight the British army was the use of Gandhi’s nonviolent movement which is known as Satyagraha or The Salt March. This social movement took place from March to April 1930 in India, was an act of civil disobedience led by Mohandas Gandhi to protest British rule in India. During the march, thousands of Indians followed Gandhi from his religious retreat near Ahmedabad to the Arabian Sea coast at a distance of 240 miles. Mahatma Gandhi was able to organize such a big march due to the main role play of strong and the weak ties which made the overall strength of the March increase immensely. “A movement starts because of the social habits of the friendship of strong and weak ties between close acquaintances”(Charles Duhigg, Pg 87). The march resulted in the arrest of nearly 60,000 people, including Gandhi himself and this eventually led to the independence after several years of people protesting. Although he was met with a large amount of criticism, violent resistance and incarcerations throughout his life but his movements did manage to make a direct impact throughout India. Mahatma Gandi was then known as the ‘Father of the Nation’.
This social movement created a huge impact on Indian economy and it was a great success since Gandi had many personal experiences associated with racism such as he was thrown out of the train from first class as he refused to leave the train as he wanted to fight for the equal right for the passengers who paid the same ticket but the passengers are seated due caste or race system, this was one of the trigger moment that led to change of India’s power to make it into nation of equality which is mentioned in Mahatma Gandhi and India’s Independence in World History. This particular incident can be also related to the events which took place in Montgomery on 1955 as it was related to the seating in the bus as they were seated according to their race which led to a huge social movement similar to salt march. Mahatma Gandhi wanted to give the Indian community the equal rights and the power to make their own decision for the betterment of the country rather than just following the orders given by the upper-class people thus Gandhi was the voice of the people that ranged from rich to the poor families across India. This is where untouchables such as Dr. B.R Ambedkar played a huge role in Indian independence.
In many instances Mahatma Gandhi’s moral was tested as is first started when he was at the age of 8-9 when an inspector showed up in the classroom while spelling test was going on, his teacher noticed a spelling mistake on Gandhi’s paper and encouraged him to copy from partner but he sternly refused to do which clearly shows his determination to work towards his goals and what ultimately led him to become a layer and an activist which is mentioned in one of his biographies.