What heroic traits does Mahatma Gandhi display through his actions?  

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would say that Gandhi's acts of defiance are ones that are able to count as heroic, reflective of his own sense of character, and representative of his political beliefs.  An example of this would be the Salt March.  In defying a British order that argued that there would be a British tax on Indians making salt, Gandhi believed this to be morally wrong and politically unacceptable.  Gandhi's march was an example of heroism because it recognized a challenge.  As opposed to accepting what is, it sought to create what should be.  Gandhi's Salt March included risk, including imprisonment.  Despite this, Gandhi was able to convince others of the need for action.  In this, we see heroism because of a commitment to embrace what is right and the risks involved in it.

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