History's HEROES? Dated 1896 - 1984

Mahatma Gandhi

Created by

Emma Howlett

Location

India
Gandhi was the leader of the Indian independence movement to free India from Britain and the leader of the Indian National Congress.

Achievements

  • Led a 200 mile salt march so Indians would not have to buy salt from Great Britain.
  • Gained Indian Independence in 1947
  • Fasted for 21 days to protest against British rule.

Characteristics

  • Brave / Courageous
  • A good and strong leader
  • Good or moral (strong beliefs or principles)
  • Has integrity (stands up for what they believe and act accordingly)
  • Determined
  • Wise
  • Honest
  • Kind and compassionate

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Quotations

"An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind." - Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was a leader of the Indian Independence Movement who was devoted to freedom for his people and non violent protesting. His greatest achievement was when India finally became independent in 1947.

Mahatma Gandhi grew up in India. His father was the chief minister of Porbandar state and despite his family not wanting him to go, Gandhi went to London and became a successful lawyer there. Then he went to South Africa and became an activist in gaining civil rights for his people. Gandhi is best known for gaining independence for India from great Britain. He is regarded as a hero not only because he led his people to freedom, but also because he did it in a non violent way. Gandhi led a 200 mile salt march so the Indian people could make their own salt and not buy it from the British, and by fasting for 21 days as a protest against Britain. Throughout his life he struggled to give his people equal rights and freedom all while remaining deeply devoted to his god and the art of peaceful protesting.

Life in Mahatma Gandhi's world

Life was hard for Gandhi, as many people were racist towards him. When he worked for civil rights in South Africa, he was thrown off a train for refusing to move from first-class. Other examples were when he was beaten by a stagecoach driver for not moving for a European passenger and some hotels threw him out because of the colour of his skin.

Was Mahatma Gandhi a Hero?

  • Led his people to freedom in a non-violent way

Things you might not know about Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi was elected to the Vegetarian Society's executive community in London.
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