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Indian Independence – India Freedom Struggle

India has a history unlike any other; it is rich and varied and has been
plagued with many conflicts. This has nearly always been in response to outside
influence and dominating factors. As country India has always found it
difficult to establish control over its own future, for long years it was
thought of as a part of body, a part of anothers Empire. India had great difficulty establishing its political agenda; this
led to other countries never really recognising its statues as a legitimate
country. It was the condition of the country and the general state of the
populace that led to the formation of the Indian Independence Movement in the
early twentieth century.

There are reports of earlier transgressions against the ruler bodies, such as
the uprising of a certain amount of Indian Soldiers in the mid eighteen
hundreds but this was never undertook in a organised and directed manner. It
was in nineteen fourteen when the populace first found a figure to unite
behind, this figure was Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi used his powers of observation
and passionate speaking to reach out to his fellow Indians and give them the
strength to speak out. Gandhi became a focal point for the Indian populace to
unite behind, he made them see that they deserved more than this, that they
were a free people and that they were allowing a great wrong to be committed
upon them. It was not long before great rallies were held where many people
would listen to his words of wisdom.

The British rulers were obviously aware of this situation and react in fear.
They did as they always did and used military pressure to try and quell the
uprising. When this had the opposite effect they created laws and acts that
condemned Gandhi and anyone listening to him as illegal. Still the Indian
people would not be kept down and the fight continued. Many long years passed
and tragic events unfolded as the British tried to cling to remnants of an
empire that was clearly folding. It was a joyous and long remembered day in
1947 when India finally was given its independence and allowed to govern
itself. For so long they had desired this, it was now in fruition.

Some think, quite incorrectly that the British occupation of India was the
first such invasion. Unfortunately this is simply not the case; it was the
manner of the British occupation that was singular.

Prior to the independence of 1947, India was under other rule for a great many
years. Due to the location of India on a global scale, many invading parties
sought to rule here as point of strength for future conquests. What occurred in
most cases was a subculture that divided Indian beliefs which those that were
in occupation. This led to an understanding and a certain peaceful coexistence.
India have many traditions, which they are rightfully proud of, a foreign ruler
needs to understand this. The British did not.

They had little time for Indian heritage and made great steps to almost
extinguish this. This led to massive resentment from the populace, especially
as they were growing rich off of India where the people were very poor. The
British occupants even went so far as to try and change the religious beliefs
of the Indian people, trying to convert them to Christianity whilst condemning
a faith that had existed fro yours within the populace of India. The seeds of
discontent were well sown, and would soon grow. Added to this was the terrible
racist regime that was forced upon the people, humiliation followed
humiliation.

It was briefly mentioned earlier that a certain uprising took place amongst the
military segment that contained Indian Soldiers. It is believed that in 1857,
the British army endorsed the use of ammunition that had been greased with fats
from certain animals. This was totally against the beliefs of Indian soldiers
who refused to use the ammunition, let alone touch it. There was tension and
fraction but the revolt was easily put down by the British commanders, there
was no real direction or organisation within the revolt.

The British in their arrogance believed that they had total control over the
Indian populace and could act as they saw fit. However, the Indian people were
growing unhappy with their living conditions and their quality of life. All
they lacked was a voice.

Mahatma Gandhi would be that voice, he became a voice of a nation, a voice that
would echo across the world and be heard for an age. Still today, many people
recognise Gandhi as one of the most influential people in history. What made
Gandhi so significant was that he did this in the name of peace and that in his
heart he let through forgiveness and justice. Gandhi was not a voice for Indian
people; he was a voice for all people.

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