Gandhi





Ghandi Reaction Paper

“The way of truth and love has always won. Tyrants may seem invincible, but in the end they always fall.” Mahatma Ghandi
The film Ghandi proved to be insightful, educational, and inspirational. The film traces India’s rocky path towards decolonization, led by the “Great Spirit” Ghandi. Mahatma Ghandi led India’s struggle for independence from the British Empire before 1948. The trials and tribulations of India and her people touch on many social issues. The film depicts cultural changes, which were brought about by the impact of social and political change during British colonization consequential decolonization efforts. The film itself served many lessons of unity and justness, yet the hero himself was a prime example of courage, humility, and patience.
It is rather difficult to pinpoint main predominate themes from this movie, as every word and action taken by Mahatma is a lesson in life. The ideal of courage seemed extremely prevalent, as Ghandi himself is a model of courageousness. It takes courage to speak out against oppressors. Only a courageous man would take the initiative to lead a country to freedom. Ghandi shows his courageousness through his peaceful resistance and through his speeches. Every jail sentence he served and every hunger pain he endured prove his courage. A situation where Ghandi proved himself to be a calm and collected man is when he met with General Smuts. He appeared at the generals office, in his prisoners attire and spoke diplomatically yet firmly about his opinions. The general did not intimidate him, nor was Ghandi ashamed of his own “dirty” appearance. He exuded self-confidence and in the end, General Smuts agreed to repeal the law.
Another of Ghandi’s attributes is his persistance and patience. His belief that “independence will fall like a ripe apple” shows his understanding that the best things come to those who wait. Regardless of all the obstacles he faced, Ghandi never showed signs of being discouraged. He believed in himself, in his people, and in his country. His efforts did not come quickly or easily, yet he never gave up hope. Many people expect change to come quickly, yet when something comes quickly you will probably lose it quickly. Ghandi did not stress when there would be independence or how there would be independence, he simply knew that it would come when it was the “ripe” time.
Ghandi possessed humility, a quality that is rare to find in this day and age. His humility made him even more beautiful in the eyes of his admirers. Mahatma said, “happiness does not come from things, it comes from pride in what you do.” He did not flaunt his possessions or take material possessions for granted. Much to politicians’ shock, Ghandi did not wear rich fabrics or expensive jewelry. A modest homespun cloth was his daily garment. He voluntarily chose to “dress like a coolie”. He felt that in order to be like the Indians he was helping and serving, he had to live like them. Ghandi also chose to relinquish the life of fancy dinner parties and socializing, because he felt like a hypocrite. Rather, he favored living at Ashram and visiting his poverty-struck and hunger-ridden countrymen. He felt rather uncomfortable with the praise and fame that surrounded him, and he never took credit for any of the social changes that had occurred, he always credited his people.
Ghandi’s courage, humility, and persistence provided a much-needed foundation to deal with many of the unjust social issues of the time. There was overt racism that was exerted during British Colonialism. In order to overcome this injustice, Ghandi introduced the social phenomenon of non-violence strategy. The Indian people were not only warding off colonialism and racism; they also had to deal with internal differences.
Indians, both Hindu and Muslim, were considered to be “colored” and therefore treated as second-class citizens. A perfect example of this is in the opening scene when Mahatma was on the train in South Africa, he was riding in a first class cabin when the officials threw him out for being colored. A colored man was not allowed in these cabins, they had to travel second or third class. A colored man could not walk on the