Gandhi, Amritsar and Darwen: A Journey of Rightful Protest
|Dates:||2 October 2019|
|Times:||18:00 - 19:30|
|What is it:||Talk|
|Who is it for:||Families, Adults|
To mark the 150th anniversary of Gandhi's birth we will be highlighting his visit to Darwen, Lancashire in 1931: Why did he make the visit to the cotton mills, and how did it influence his famous satyagraha movement.
1919 changed Gandhi forever. The massacre at Jallianwala fundamentally shook his faith in the British Empire and made him question the moral basis of that rule. The series of mass nationalist protest movements he launched thereafter indelibly changed India’s fortunes leading to independence in 1947. The sharp questioning of legitimacy of colonial rule and the rationale for his campaign won him friends and admirers the world over, including the textile workers in north-west England in the 1930s. Gandhi’s visit to Darven in 1931 made him a hero among those very people who had lost their jobs owing to his boycott of Manchester textiles. How was that possible? Could enemies be friends? To understand this we arrive at the very core of his campaign, that of rightful protest, something that both he and the Jallianwala Bagh protesters had fought for.
Join us for our closing event of Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab Under Siege.
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