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The main difference between Mahatma Gandhi and other succesful revolutionary leaders of the period was his peaceful approach; not fighting violence with violence. (Judith S. Baughman)In 1906 the South African government passed a law requiring all Indians to register with the authorities and carry their certification at all times. Gandhi calmly retaliated by organizing a movement for “passive resistance” to the law, known as Satyagraha, “the Force which is born of Truth and Love.” The movement lasted roughly seven years. In 1913, an agreement was reached between the government of South Africa and Gandhi’s movement. This agreement recognized Indian marriages, and allowed for the abolition of the Indian Poll Tax that had been plaguing the indian citizens of South Africa. Even after India’s revolution, Satyagraha was implemented into Indian politics. Gandhi was so influential in his country that his own ideas were implemented into the very core of the new nation’s foundation.The non-violence doctrine was implemented along with the philosophy of non-attachment during India’s revolution. Non-attachment (a.k.a Detachment) is a principle one overcomes their materialistic desires on this Earth. (https://www.mapsofindia.com/personalities/gandhi/non-violence.html) Gandhi’s strategy was to shame the opponent into submission. Then, he would proceed to discuss and negotiate peacefully with the enemy. Gandhi’s most famous peaceful protest during the struggle in India were the Salt Marches of 1930. At the time, the British had a monopoly on the salt trade, and the tax on salt was extremely high. It was illegal to buy untaxed salt, and to collect salt from the beaches. The Salt Marches united all of the social classes in India, all thanks to Gandhi. Although many non-violent Indians were imprisoned, the collection of salt was eventually made legal. (http://go.galegroup.com/ps/retrieve.do?tabID=T003&resultListType=RESULT…) Overall, Mahatma Gandhi contributed so much to his nation. He was the right person at the right time to lead India’s revolution because of his experiences in South Africa negotiating with the British, and his studies of non-violent philosophies made him fight oppression with peaceful protest and negotiation.People in the twenty-first century don’t think about all that the revolutionary leaders like Gandhi did for us in the past. Every day, we should take a moment to be grateful for all the sacrifices our ancestors made.Here are two maps side by side: India before Gandhi, and India after Gandhi:

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