Andrew Marr's History of the World Gandhi

Andrew Marr describes how Mahatma Gandhi led India to independence during British led rule through a campaign of civil disobedience. He 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. Teacher notes: Gandhi's concept of non-violent resistance and the role of civil disobedience were the cornerstones 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. Students could also discuss how 'The Empire' affected India and its people; how few benefits such as the railway system impacted on hundreds of thousands of people, including enslavement. A study of India's independence movement might follow to provide an overview of issues, context and key characters. As an extension, students might use this as part of a comparative investigation into key 20th century figures and political leaders.

  • 2012
  • 00:07:13
  • 13-14
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