Monday, March 18, 2013

Mohandas K Gandhi: making India's independence an international concern

Eric Johnson's Gandhi project by trudeau
Eric Johnson's Gandhi project, a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

Among the achievements of Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi -

- non-violent civil disobedience strategies.
- civil rights for Muslim and Hindu Indians in South Africa; a 15-year campaign.
- organised peasants to protest excessive land-taxes in India.
- opposed to basing politics on religion, he reached out widely to all religious groups.
- campaigns to expand women's rights.
- religious and ethnic amity.
- ending untouchability.
- increasing economic self-reliance.
- independence from British domination.
- use of British court system.
- use of precepts of Christianity.
- use of free press in Europe and the US.