Mohandas Ghandi, about Ghandis works to bring peace to India

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as mahatma Gandhi, was a Indian

nationalist leader, who established his country's freedom through a nonviolent revolution.

Gandhi became a leader in a difficult struggle, the Indian campaign for home rule.

He believed and dedicated his life to demonstrating that both individuals and nations owe

it to themselves to stay free, and to allow the same freedom to others. Gandhi was one of

the gentlest of men, a devout and almost mystical Hindu, but he had and iron core of

determination. Nothing could change his convictions. Some observers called him a

master politician. Others believed him a saint.

Gandhi became a leader in a difficult struggle, the Indian campaign for home rule.

He worked to reconcile all classes and religious sects. Gandhi meant not only technical

self-government but also self-reliance. After World War I, in which he played an active

part in recruiting campaigns, he launched his movement of passive resistance to Great

Britain. When the Britain government failed to make amends, Gandhi established an

organized campaign of noncooperation. Through India, streets were blocked by

squatting Indians who refused to rise even when beaten by the police. He declared he

would go to jail even die before obeying anti-Asian Law. Gandhi was arrested, but the

British were soon forced to release him. Economic independence for India, involving the

complete boycott of British goods, was made a result of Gandhi's self-ruling movement.

The economic aspects of the movement were serious, for the exploitation of Indian

villagers by British industrialists has resulted in extreme poverty in the country and the

virtual destruction of Indian home industries. As a solution for such poverty, Gandhi

supported revival of cottage industries; he began to use a spinning wheel as a token of the

return to the simple village life...