Gandhi, independence, India


Gandhi was an admirable leader that many looked up to, and his strategy to overcome the British worked for many reasons. He was willing to lower himself down to the level of the poor and starving Indians in order to empathize with them and show that he is no better than anyone else. His ability to humble himself before his followers is what made his peaceful rebellion against the British so successfulGhandi discussing the Quit India concept with Nehru, 1942. The other Indians saw that if a man like them could make that much of a difference, then they could too. He also made the wise decision to stop receiving help from Charlie Andrews, the British missionary. His courage and determination to continue the fight without aid from Charlie Andrews revealed his faith in the Indian people. He made the right decision to move forward without him because it showed the Indians that that can achieve anything on their own. Gandhi’s willingness to fast when his followers turned violent kept the rebellion peaceful. They stopped rioting to keep Gandhi alive.  If they continued to violently retaliate, the British would have responded even more harshly and killed more of them. Gandhi set a great example and was an exceptional leader. His perseverance encouraged the people on India to continue fighting. Without him, they might have not gained their independence from the British. What other qualities did Gandhi possess that made him such a great leader? What examples or events that he lead helped the Indians in their battle against the British?

An article about Gandhi’s fasting.