Andrewsan Englishman, was a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, and a friend of India. He promoted the use of Indian clothes, namely Khadi, and shunned the use of imported clothes. The Indians had silently suffered and endured. This attitude is more near to the historical parallel of Savonarola.
Before the British took the Indian subcontinent into their empire, the land was divided between a number of princes and rulers. AtField Street, Durban, the headquarters of the campaign, was Parsee Rustomjee, a merchant, who had been all along a devout and courageous follower of Mahatma Gandhi and had himself faced a long imprisonment.
At the meeting place they were packed closely together on the hard dry ground, waiting for hours together in patience, eager to see his face and to obtain his blessing upon themselves and their little children. But when the withdrawal of the poll tax was refused he began again the struggle with greatly increased forces.
My own experience of him has been probably more intimate than that of any other Englishman; for I have had the unspeakable and inestimable privilege of his friendship, not only in India, but in South Africa.
The most vivid impression of him, which stands out in my mind today, as I write this article, is that which I obtained during a very long and tiring day in Durban, South Africa, during the final act in the drama of the Passive Resistance Struggle.
Thus the whole country round had flocked in to see and hear Mahatmaji. He experienced the legacy of the liberal and humanist nineteenth century English tradition as well as the twentieth century western development in science and technology.
They aimed at getting rid, once and for all, of the degrading system of Indian indentured labour, whereby the labourers, who had passed through their five years of indenture on the sugar plantations, were obliged to go back once more under indenture, or else to pay a poll tax of 3 pounds for every man, woman and child over 13 years of age, a thing that it was almost impossible for these poverty stricken labourers to do.
At that time he was very little known, and his long passive resistance effort had gone on year after year almost unrecognized by the world at large. Yet even there the crowds had followed him.
He taught in the USA and India. The second, is his emotional faithfulness to the Hindu attitude to life, which Narayan inherits from his orthodox Brahmin family. He is today even greater than before, because it is based on a firmer foundation of understanding.
He then used his experiences from South Africa to lead them down that road. On that day, which so vividly impressed itself upon my memory, the Indian labourers from the sugar plantations had left their work in a body and had come into Durban to meet Mahatma Gandhi.
One of his ideals was that anything could be achieved by Ahimsa or non violence. It may be well for people in America to receive at first hand a brief account of some of those characteristics in Mahatma Gandhi which make him the greatest spiritual influence in Indian political life at the present time.
He established ashrams where such practices making Khadi and cleaning your own toilets and doing your own chores were followed. Gandhi had trained as a lawyer in London before spending over 20 years giving legal representation and advice for Indian nationals living in South Africa.
As I have often in memory looked back upon that scene and afterwards recalled many other pictures also of a similar character I have been able from time to time to find the parallels I needed in history. The contribution of the National Congress under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi was enormous in reinforcing as well as consolidating the concept Indian nationalism.Gandhi quickly became a leader within the Indian National Congress, a growing political party supporting independence, and traveled widely with the party to learn about the local struggles of various Indian communities.
It was during those travels that his legend grew among the Indian people, historians say. Mahatama Gandhi inspired people the world politics with his principles. Leaders such as Barack Obama, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King Jr.
are inspired by the ideals and principles of Mahatma. The politics in India is inspired by Gandhi to a very great extent.
The youth of the nation came together and launched “National Agenda Forum” (NAF).
Mahatma Gandhi- Influence, Integrity and Tide of Social Change The past has witnessed eminent men in the form of kings, political leaders and sages who made the world a better place to live. Mahatma Gandhi, a political and spiritual leader who led the way of non-violence and truth did significant contribution to humanity and people of India.
One of the biggest contributions of Gandhi to India was, of course, its independence. Gandhi led the Congress party and the country against the British and used the concepts of civil disobedience and non-violence to drive the colonists out.
An analysis of Gandhi's philosophies along with observations of India's increasing economic, political, and social stability allows one to evaluate the impact Gandhi had on Indians and people worldwide.
Gandhi's Philosophies Gandhi's religious beliefs resulted in him favoring nonviolent protest. The contribution of the National Congress under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi was enormous in reinforcing as well as consolidating the concept Indian nationalism.
Indian nationalism and Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of life become the important subject matter of .Download