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Andrew Marr describes Mahatma Gandhi’s campaign of civil disobedience to win India’s independence from the British Empire. Andrew explores the background to the campaign, the key events and negations, and Gandhi’s legacy through the 20th century.

Warning: There are some scenes of violence.
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12 December 2012

Classroom Ideas

Gandhi's concept of non-violent resistance and the role of civil disobedience were the corner-stones of his motive and methods to achieve Indian independence. Ask students to make a list of the actions taken by Gandhi and place them in an order of significance and impact. It might be used as the stimulus for a debate on the value and impact of peaceful protest in contemporary society. A study of India's independence movement might be preceded by this to provide an overview of issues, context and key characters. As an extension, pupils might use this as part of a comparative investigation into key 20th century figures and political leaders.

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