If there is one person in the world who truly represents a non-violent stand against injustice, it is Mahatma Ghandi. He was the pioneer of satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, firmly founded upon ahimsa or total non-violence—which led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.
Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women’s rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, increasing economic self-reliance, but above all achieving Swaraj—the independence of India from foreign domination.
Ghandi swore to always speak the truth and encouraged others to do the same. His dedication to his principles earned him his place in history as an icon for non-violent revolution.