Never was so Much Owed by so Many to One Person
On June 7th, 1893, a young lawyer was forcibly removed from the first class compartment and thrown off the train for the crime of not being white. As the young man sat shivering in the bitter cold brooding about his future, a great catharsis had been set in motion. It was the high noon of the empire on which the sun never set. It was the beginning of the end of empire.
Upon return to India, Gandhi eschewed politics for a period and instead travelled the length and breadth of the vast country in trains to gain a better understanding of India and its people. With his three principles of non-violence, the fight for truth, and self determination, he set out on his journey to be the change he wanted to see in the world.
His legacy went beyond ousting the invaders from the subcontinent. He inspired the next generation of civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Aung San Suu Kyi. Never before had oppression been challenged with non-violence. Never again would the tyranny of one group over another go unchallenged.