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In this lesson:
- Learn about Mahatma Gandhi's role in India's independence struggle.
- Explore aspects of non-violent resistance as a central value of Mahatma Gandhi's beliefs and leadership.
- Find out about the role of non-violent resistance in promoting justice in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Video resource:
Mahatma Gandhi: Pilgrim of Peace Documentary, 44 minutes
More Extension Activities:

Watch-Ask-Think  What is non-violent resistance?

Read-Ask-Think  Can India progress while keeping to the caste system?


Mahatma Gandhi: India and the Caste System

Keywords:  Mahatma Gandhi, Bapuji, Independence, National Symbol, non-violence, ahimsa, satyagraha, Quit India Movement, Salt March, Swarajya, ashram, caste, untouchables, Harijan, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela


Gandhiji_from_'India_Perspectives'_January-March_2008India and the Caste System:  Can India Progress while keeping to social stratification?


Read:  Indians voice their hopes and predictions about India and the caste system in this article from the BBC which reports on a poll conducted in December 2006. "Caste Clouds India's High Hopes."

Ask: For grades 8 and up
What is the caste system? What is Gandhi’s view of this system?
How do you think this system affects “social harmony”?

Think: Research a little more on the caste system—how many ‘castes’ are there, and what were they called? What did Mahatma Gandhi do to improve the injustices of the system? What kind of person was he?

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This lesson plan was developed by Jing Ting Wee.

Updated October 2012