How significant was Gandhi’s contribution to Indian Independence?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that there is a clear contribution that Gandhi made to Indian Independence.  I am actually at the point where I think that the trajectory of Indian Independence could not have developed in the manner it did without Gandhi.  Gandhi's contributions to Indian Independence were so important because of the end result it achieved as well as the manner it achieved it.  I am not sure that the Indians were able to fight a conventional battle with the British for their Independence.  The British were the minority in comparison to the Indians, but they possessed the means of production and weaponry to substantiate their claims.  Gandhi understood this.  His embrace of civic disobedience through nonviolence was as much practical as it was moral.  Gandhi was able to find a point of convergence for both, making his pursuit of Indian Independence both understandable for Indians as well as enhancing a broad appeal around the world.  It is here where I think that his contribution to Indian Independence was extremely valuable, something that few, if anyone else, could have done.