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Mahatma Gandhi was a great Hindu leader and model for the world to follow His fervor for an independent India encouraged others to stand behind and support him in his efforts to obtain an independent country Gandhi was born in India yet he received the majority of his preparation for the Indias movement in South Africa Gandhi was jailed and beaten in South Africa but persevered and the government made important concessions to Gandhis demands including recognition of Indian marriages and abolition of the poll tax for them Gandhis success in Africa brought him the notoriety and determination he would need to take on his hardest task yet in gaining his own nation independence During World War I Gandhi took on mass recruiting efforts and gained a large following Outraged at Britain for implementing the Rowlatt Acts giving the British authorities powers to jail suspected revolutionaries without question Gandhi went into action He used his world famous passive resistance methods and started an organized campaign of non-cooperation with Great Britain Indians in public office positions resigned Indian children withdrew from school and people sat in the street blocking traffic and refused to move even when beating by police During the movement Gandhi himself was arrested and jailed for the first of his many times in confinement As a result of national unrest Britain was soon forced to release Gandhi who began his assaults once again The perseverance of Gandhi not to quit even after being jailed made his following and the hope for a free nation stronger Upon his release he than turned to the economic state of his country The economic aspects of his movement were unquestionably his most important because without economic independence a nation cant possibly expect to have success in becoming independent British exploitation of Indian villagers resulted in extreme poverty in the country and almost total destruction of the Indian home industries As a solution to this problem Gandhi
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