THIS DAY IN HISTORY

MAY 8 2007 08:45h

Gandhi Starts Hunger Strike

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On May 8, 1932, Mahatma Gandhi started a 21-day hunger strike in protest against the British authorities in India.

Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian nationalist leader who fought for India’s independence through a non-violent revolution. Gandhi was born into a Hindu family in the town of Porbandar in today’s state of Gujarat on October 2, 1869. He spent his entire life fighting against the British government in India.

In 1932 Gandhi started a new wave of civil disobedience against the British. He was arrested twice when he resorted to hunger strike, which was a very successful method of fighting the British. If Gandhi had died, there was the possibility of the revolution to have spread outside of India as well.

Although he was a member of the trade caste, Gandhi dedicated himself to the rescinding of unfair social and economic aspects of the caste system. On January 30, while walking to where he said his evening prayers, he was attacked and killed by Nathuram Godse. Gandhi’s death echoed across the world as a terrible blow.