Today in World History: March 10th

On this day in 1922, Mahatma Gandhi was arrested and tried for sedition. While leading protests against the British Raj, or rule, of India, he was targeted by the British and sent to jail for eight years. However, not only was he released two years later, but his arrest over peaceful protests antagonized the Indian populace. This helped the independence movement, and when Gandhi later started the Dandi Salt March, he had an immense amount of supporters. His peaceful protests brought attention to the issue from the newspapers, and eventually, in 1947, the British Empire capitulated and granted independence to India, although partitioning the lands between the Hindus and the Muslims, to form Pakistan. Thousands died in the ensuing conflicts as people lost their lands and their life trying to cross over to safety.

“Where there is love there is life.”

-Mahatma Gandhi
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