Gandhi Characters

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Gandhi

Outlaws! The word often haunts us, as we sit and ponder
over it. Usually it brings with it, a sense of insecurity and
fear. Sometimes after watching a movie or after reading a
crime story, we are scared about going out alone, or
sometimes, even in the house we have a feeling, as if
someone is watching us.

Why is all this? Why are we scared in our own house? Why
are we scared to go out? It is because after watching so
many movies, reading the papers and being aware about the
crimes happening all around us, we just don't want to take a
chance with our lives. Life is to precious a thing to take
chances with.

Often we ask ourselves, who are all these people who
commit crimes, are they not aware of their actions? Are they
the same as us, do they come from the same kind of society
as we do?

These criminals are the same as us, they come from the same
kind of society as we do, eat the same kind of food, wear
the same kind clothes, but still in a way are very different
from us. They commit crimes! That is, probably one of the
only things, that can differentiate them from us. But why do
they commit crimes is the question?

Sometimes it is due to the lack of money, when people are
trying to find a quick way to earn some money. Sometimes,
it is for revenge and sometimes without any reason. But there
are different kinds of outlaws. A person maybe an outlaw in
the eyes of some, and innocent according to others. For ex.
Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. They fought for
the right of the people and did not give into the system and
hence in the eyes of the government were considered to be
outlaws.

Gandhi played a major role in the fight against the British for
the Independence of India. He led India towards
Independence and hence is called the "Father of the Nation."
Before coming to India he was in South Africa for some time
and there, he practiced non-violence, to fight for the rights of
Indians, residing in South Africa. He was sentenced to
prison and after being released; he came back to India. Here
he again practiced non-violence and in harmony with a
number of other people, was able to force the British
Government to leave India and go back to there own
Country.

He preached and practiced non-violence and gave it a new
name, he called it "Satyagraha". According to Gandhi
"Satyagraha is the vindication of truth not by infliction of
suffering on the opponent but on one's self" (qtd. in "The
Life and Death of Mahatma Gandhi" 477). During the time
when he was fighting against the British, he led a number of
movements and hence in the eyes of the British, was
considered an Outlaw.

Among the many acts practiced by him, one of them was the
"Spin and Weave"(qtd. in "Gandhi and Modern India" 132).
He asked the Indians to stop buying British clothing and spin
the wheel and make cotton for themselves. This gave the
British cotton industry a big jolt, as the sales started declining
tremendously. In accordance with this movement he also
published three inflammatory articles over a period of one
year (1921), in a newspaper called Young India (Chadha
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