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How Did Mahatma Gandhi Motivate an entire country?

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Miranda Milne

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Transcript of How Did Mahatma Gandhi Motivate an entire country?

How Mahatma Gandhi Motivated an Entire Country
A Short Biography
Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, India.
>A coastal city in Gujarat, Kathiawar India

Studied law in London, England until he was 24
>Gandhi did not find this profession satisfying enough until he ventured back to India.

Went to South Africa in 1839 to be involved with Discriminatory Legislation.
> This was in response to a request to represent the Indian community.

Developed his rhetorical and legal skills in South Africa to return to India and became a major political and spiritual leader of his time.
Government and British Empire
• Gandhi was motivated by prejudice from the British in South Africa. Gandhi faced a lot of discrimination in South Africa. However, he was motivated to act against the British Empire when he was imprisoned for demanding independence in 1942.
• In the 1920s, there were boycotts against British products and buildings. Indians stopped buying items from the British and started to participate in “civil disobedience”. Gandhi was put in jail for leading mass demonstrations. He was released in 1924 and soon began demonstrating again.

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What Motivated/Inspired Gandhi To Do What He Did
First, Gandhi went to England to study law but when he recieved his degree he wasn't satisfied and felt the need to do something more
Soon after he went to South Africa to represent the Indian community and this was where he said to have, "Found his path, his way."
After he met Gopal Krishna Gokhale in South Africa and Raychandbhai in London, he was guided and inspired to evolve humanity and express his true thoughts
Along with his own strong beliefs, his thorough studies of the Bhagavad Gita and the Holy Bible led him to the conviction that humanity must always stand up against evil.
Most of all, Ruskins book “Unto the last,” was the biggest inspiration for Gandhi and taught him 3 principles: The good of the individual is contained in the welfare of all, all have same right of earning their livelihood from their work, and lastly, a life of labor is the life worth living.
Effects of Motivation
Initial effects:
uncooperative in jail- Indians were motivated towards self reliance and independence

Famous 1930 protest-250 march for salt

Motivated civil rights- India gains independence in1947

Between 1920-1930 motivated several hundred million Indians

Inspired MLK--nonviolence
What his inspirations led him to believe
Two things in 1930:
-Made the British aware that they were cruelly subjugating India

-Gave Indians motivation to stand up against government

Lasting Effects
Gives motivation to Indians, pacifists, and others to be self-reliant and non-violent

Made history throughout the world with Indian independence from British Empire

Famous motivation quotes:
"Be the change you wish to see in the world”
After all of these inspirations and motivators he came across, he became one of his own and began to influence the entire world by collaborating each of his devout understandings of leadership.
He lived, thought, and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving
His own beliefs of enforcing non-violence, peace, love, and truth throughout the world were the key driving reasons as to why Gandhi is so renowned today.
“The basis of many of Gandhi’s ideas regarding leadership can be viewed as the realization that all people are traveling together"
Therefore, his concepts and principles regarding his strong beliefs made a significant impact on a philosophical way to lead no matter what religious affiliation or cultural differences.
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