Thursday, November 27, 2008

Mahatma Gandhi: Quotes

"My life is my message," Mahatma Gandhi.
Difficulty Level Low - What does this quote mean to you?
Difficulty Level Medium - Choose another quote from a famous leader. Compare/Contrast the quotes.
Difficulty Level High - How does this quote relate to Gandhi's life? How can it relate to yours?
Other Quotes from Gandhi (If you find others that you like, please post them.)
"You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
"An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”

Mahatma Gandhi: Artwork and Creative Thinking

A - This was a painting that was displayed at the museum.
B - I took this picture of a glass outline of Gandhi's body when the power went out at the museum. When I looked back at the photograph, this is what appeared. Although it was not what I "wanted" when I took the picture, I decided that I liked this one so much better because it seemed to apply more to Gandhi's life and my experiences at the museum.

C - After taking picture B (above this one) I took this picture of the doorway.
Difficulty Level Medium- Knowing what you know about Gandhi (after reading previous posts and possibly doing some of your own research), which picture do you think historically portrays him accurately? Why do you think this? (use specific examples)
Difficulty Level Medium - Which picture best highlights the life Gandhi led? Explain.
Difficulty Level Medium - What similarities can you find in these pictures? Why do you think these similarities are present?
Difficulty Level High - Which picture evokes an emotional connection in you? Why does it touch you in this way?
Difficulty Level High - How does art influence or reflect society? Be specific.

Mahatma Gandhi Museum: Prophets of Gentleness

At the museum, there was a tribute to many contributors of non-violent resistance. I love how the contributions from a variety of people are being celebrated.

Difficulty Level Low – Looking at all of these people, which one do you know the most information about? Please share your facts.
Difficulty Level Medium - Do you think any Prophet of Gentleness is missing? If so, who do you think he/she is and why would you add them to this list?
Difficulty Level Medium – Why did each of these people support peaceful means of solving problems? (THINK – what was going on in the world while they were alive….that’s right…think about history!!!)
Difficulty Level High – Pick one person from this list and one world leader (past, present, or newly elected). How are these figures the same or different?
Difficulty Level High – Pick one person from this list and one world leader (past, present, or newly elected). What advice do you think he/she would have for the leader you have chosen? Why do you think this?

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.