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Gandhi was a great leader because he had the talent of getting a massive amount of people to follow him and his beliefs. He did this by civil disobedience concerning the British, fasting for non-violence, non-violence all together, Ashimsa, and his own Satyagraha. He was very persistent in his fight to win independence for India and he would stop at nothing.

All of Gandhi's methods were called 'Ashimsa.' This word means non-violent or non-injury. He used protests in order to defeat the British. One very effective 'Ashimsa' was Gandhi's Nationwide day of prayer and fasting. With all of India praying and fasting there was nobody to run the shops or the telegraph system so India was virtually cut off from any communication and trade from the rest of the world. The British army had to take over the telegraph system so that they could have at least one way to communicate.

Gandhi was also a strong believer of 'Satyagraha' which means to use personal dedication to your cause, and which forces you to do what is right.

More of Gandhi's methods to achieve his ultimate goal of an independent India were marching and making speeches. Gandhi took many followers to Darishima Salt Works, at which they made two lines formed of men while women were setting up hospital tents near by. Gandhi and another man were first to attempt to get through the gates, which only resulted in multiple beatings. But still the men marched up to the gate. Man after man beaten and taken away by the women to the hospital. Gandhi also made many important speeches. One very important one was when Gandhi told the Indians only to wear homespun. He told them to wear homespun He also spoke about boycotting British goods so that caused the British...