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Mahatma Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi

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  • Mohandas Karamchand "Mahatma" Gandhi (1869–1948), a prominent Indian activist, delivered this speech before the Indian National Congress (INC) on August 8, 1942, in the middle of World War II.
  • Gandhi's central message was that the British, who had controlled India for decades, should leave, or quit, the region.
  • The speech was delivered partially in English and partially in Hindustani.
  • Gandhi gave the first part of the speech before members of the INC voted on the resolution to begin a nonviolent campaign for independence. He delivered the second part after the affirmative vote.
  • Gandhi stressed the urgent need for a free India in order to better fight any future attacks by the Japanese and other Axis powers.
  • Throughout the speech, Gandhi encouraged Muslim and Hindu Indians to put aside their differences and come together in favor of a united India.
  • In 1947, five years after Gandhi gave his speech, India became an independent nation.


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