Gandhi • Gandhi became a lawyer and went to South Africa to practice • Gandhi fought laws that discriminated against Indians • Gandhi’s main approach was to the discrimination was a nonviolent approach • Gandhi moved back to India, joining the Congress Party • Gandhi’s ideas inspired Indians of all religions and ethnic backgrounds to resist British rule 1. What are some similarities between life in South Africa and in India
Civil Disobedience • Gandhi embraced Hindu traditions especially the idea of nonviolence and respect for all life • Gandhi believed the power of love could convert even the worst of wrongdoers • Gandhi adopted ideas from the west which included civil disobedience or the refusal to obey unjust laws • Gandhi also believed in democracy and nationalism • Do you think that civil disobedience works?
Gandhi’s Actions • Gandhi abandoned western style clothing for Indian traditional clothing to boycott British goods • Gandhi urged Indians to wear clothing only made of cotton grown and woven in India • Protest sometimes lead to violence which went against Gandhi’s ideas of nonviolence • Gandhi would fast, pray and call on his followers to practice self-control 1. What way would boycotting British clothing affect Britain?