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Mahatma Gandhi leaves Presidency Jail in Calcutta

Gandhi on the Salt March

Mahatma Gandhi and Sarojini Naidu during the March.

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Undoubtedly choosing an incredibly difficult means, Gandhi opted to fast, nearly leading to his own death, give up his own financial wealth to unhinge the economic need Britain had for India, and peacefully protest the British rule of India despite violent acts from the British. Gandhi stayed by his means to the point that he nearly fast to death when Indians began acts of violence against the British, and did not stop his fast until all Indians ceased their violent attempts to reach their desired goal. Certainly, Gandhi could have chosen means that were easier, and could have easily given into the violence of his own supporters to potentially reach a swifter end to British rule, but Gandhi did not at all believe that the ends justified the means. It is ironic, that through Gandhi’s means, Britain and India came to ‘end’ on mutual agreement that was overall peaceful under the climate at the time; only to have within the space of months, those means completely changed in the pursuit of a divided country. In the case of Gandhi’s means of peace, unity and non-violence, India began to thrive; and when this means changed to violence and separation, India and all the regions that separated from it, fell.

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