Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mahatma Gandhi Museum

We went to a museum that honored the life, struggles, and triumphs of Gandhi. This was a culturally enriching experience as well as a historical review of events that shaped the world today as well as changed Indian society. A graphic timeline of Gandhi’s life can be viewed at

(A Brief) Timeline of Gandhi's Life
This does not give justice to the magnitude of this legend’s life and the mark he not only left on India, but the world.
Seven Deadly Social Sins/Pat Carter

1869 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi born in Porbandar in Gujarat.
1893 Gandhi leaves for Johannesburg for practicing law and is thrown out of a first class bogie because he is colored.
1906 Mohandas K. Gandhi, 37, speaks at a mass meeting in the Empire Theater, Johannesburg on September 11 and launches a campaign of nonviolent resistance
(satyagraha) to protest discrimination against Indians. The British Government
Had just invalidated the Indian Marriage.
1913 Mohandas Gandhi in Transvaal, South Africa leads 2,500 Indians into the in defiance of a law, they are violently arrested, Gandhi refuses to pay a fine, he is
jailed, his supporters demonstrate. On November 25, and Natal police fire into the
crowd, killing two, injuring 20.
1914 Mohandas Gandhi returns to India at age 45 after 21 years of practicing law in South Africa where he organized a campaign of “passive resistance” to protest his mistreatment by whites for his defense of Asian immigrants. He attracts wide attention in India by conducting a fast --the first of 14 that he will stage as political demonstrations and that will inaugurate the idea of the political fasting.
1930 A civil disobedience campaign against the British in India begins March 12. The All-India Trade Congress has empowered Gandhi to begin the demonstrations (see 1914). Called Mahatma for the past decade, Gandhi leads a 165-mile march to the Gujarat coast of the Arabian Sea and produces salt by evaporation of sea water in violation of the law as a gesture of defiance against the British monopoly in salt production
1932 Gandhi begins a "fast unto death" to protest the British government's treatment of
India's lowest caste "untouchables" whom Gandhi calls Harijans -- "God's
children." Gandhi's campaign of civil disobedience has brought rioting and has
landed him in prison, but he persists in his demands for social reform, he urges a
new boycott of British goods, and after 6 days of fasting obtains a pact that
improves the status of the "untouchables" (Dalits)
1947 India becomes free from 200 years of British Rule. A major victory for Gandhian principles and non-violence in general.
1948 Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic at a prayer meeting.
Difficulty Level Low - What was Gandhi non-violently fighting for?
Difficulty Level Medium - What lessons can mankind learn from Gandhi's mission? Support your answer with details.
Difficulty Level High - Is Gandhi's way of achieving goals through non-violence a possibilty today? Why or why not? Use specific examples and gain insight from resources to help you.
Difficulty Level High - Looking at the world today (you may pick a location: your daily life, school, Arizona, the United States, another country, continent, etc.) what do you think Gandhi would think about it? How would he feel? Use specific examples and express your ideas in a meaningful way.


  1. Am I the only one that is seeing the similarities between Gandhi and Christ? I am not saying that Gandhi is Christ in any way, I am simpley saying that the pictorial representations are similar to him....a staff, robe, and that middle picture could substitute for the cross.
    I don't think Gandhi would love this comparison, but I think he would respect it. I wonder who the artist is because their own life and experiences affect the way Gandhi is portrayed in their pieces.

    Art is powerful.

  2. Reynolds and BailinNovember 29, 2008 at 1:34 AM


    I respect your in-depth reflection of the Gandhi pieces. You should try to research comparisons done between Gandhi and Christ by scholars. I bet someone has noticed this before and has analyzed it further. Good observations. See if you can do some research and post any other observations you make.

    Ms. Reynolds

  3. Reynolds and BailinNovember 29, 2008 at 5:25 AM


    I found this quote by Gandhi...

    "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

    What do you think Gandhi meant?

    Ms. Reynolds

  4. Gandhi was fighting to free India from British rule.

  5. Nonviolent resistance to protest discrimination against Indians.

  6. why did the lights go out?

  7. what is that thing in the second photo?

  8. forget about my first comment

  9. Gandhi was fighting non-violently for the freedom of India

  10. gandhi was fighting for equal rights in india. he also was trying to get india to be a free country again

  11. I think it is really cool that you found this out

  12. he was fighting for indias free rights and free country

    ps (did i spell country right?)

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  15. brock labertew
    comment on Todds
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    yes i think that there are some similaritys with christ and gandi.But i think there are more similaritys with Gandi and Martan Luther King because they both fought for there people and did it with out volence.They both underwent alot of pain in different ways. Gandi starved him self to death almost to so that his people should be free. MLK was killed because he wanted blacks to be equal with whites. I beat both worked off what the other did Gandi and MLK had powerful speeches that would get everyones attention.Gandi was a man with so much streath not so much strong body but strong in the heart and mind. The both were the reason that there people were freed. Knowing that theyboth made a huge step not just for themselfs but for the whole world.