Gandhi in Britain


  • Intro

    In 1931, Gandhi attended the Second Round Table Conference in London to decide on the future status of India. A law student in London in the 1890s, his legal training proved an asset in the Conference negotiations. Gandhi met many of Britain’s political elite, as illustrated in the photograph and cartoon.


    The conference was a failure, but Gandhi captured the public imagination and was mobbed by enthusiastic crowds in Britain, particularly in the East End of London and by mill workers in Lancashire. He also met with actor Charlie Chaplin.


    A staunch campaigner against colonialism and promoting Indian self-government, Gandhi preached Satyagraha, a campaign of non-violent civil disobedience, which he used as a tool against the British from the 1920s. Today, many all over the world still follow Gandhi’s strategy in their struggles.


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