Chapters 4-5, Indian Independence

Ghandi was the spiritual and political leader of the Indian Independence Movement. A broad coalition of many groups and organizations working to free India from British colonialism. The group incorporated both violent and nonviolent elements. According to Wikipedia, the movement can be traced all the way back to the 16th century. Towards the end of the movement, when it became led foremost by Mahatmas Ghandi, it became wholly nonviolent, which definitely furthered its aims of Indian Independence. India remained under British control until 1950, when it finally became its own independent Republic.

Ghandi’s influence on the movement was momentous, and most likely critical to its success. Ghandi’s vision of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience against a corrupt state brought in millions of ordinary Indians into the movement. Prior to Ghandi’s leadership, the Indian independence movement was mainly made up of elite and upwardly mobile citizens.but after he took ownership of the movement, its doors were blown open to the ordinary people at the grassroots level. Their support was vital to the movements success.

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