December 8, 1982
Genre(s): Drama, History
The struggles of Mohandas K. Gandhi, whose actions would go on to be the single most important driving force in the effort to end British rule in India, begin in South Africa in 1893 when he is removed from a first class compartment on a train because of his race. Gandhi, a trained lawyer, decides that the unjust law ought to be protested, but that it must be protested in a non-violent fashion. Despite arrests and other setbacks, Gandhi is ultimately successful in his efforts, and Indians in South Africa are granted a slew of rights. The now-famous Gandhi returns to his native India, and sets his sights on ending centuries of oppresive British rule. Gandhi's non-violent protests inspire millions, and the institutionalized racist British Raj is gradually weakened before being removed as the world celebrates Gandhi's nonviolent methods. His assassination leaves a massive void in Indian politics.