Gandhi and King on Non-Violence in the Political Fight against Oppression

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Gandhi and King on Non-Violence in the Political Fight against Oppression
In his 1908 political pamphlet, Hind
Swaraj
or Indian Home Rule, Mohandas Gandhi set forth a set of ideas that centered on the concepts of self-government (
swaraj
) and non-violence (ahimsa). Gandhi was an incredibly influential Indian political activist who gained the world’s attention through his recommendations for how the state of India should be re-organized in order to better serve its large population. Gandhi’s belief in non-violence was incredibly influential on Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the main figures who lead the United States-based Civil rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The Civil Rights Movement, through King’s and others’ insights, focused...
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.....sit still, to not slow down and be lead into a false sense of equality or acceptance. King very much advocates the need for continual pressure to be exerted on the state in order to gain equality and freedom, but he just believes that the best way to do so is with “dignity and discipline,” rather than brutality (“I Have a Dream”).
Non-violent action was the guiding force promoted by both Gandhi and King in order to bring peaceful change to the political structure of India, the U.S., and the world at large. Their commitment to resistant action that bypassed the traditional ways of fighting, those sanctioned by the state, has taught several generations of people a more peaceful and thoughtful way through the struggle for equality and freedom.