A Nation’s Leader Shot with an Unjustified Reason”You must be the change you wish to see in the world”- Mahatma Gandhi (source from “Mahatma Gandhi Quotes.”). Many assassinations occur due to political, religious, and cultural reasons. Some assassinations occur without explanation, or with explanations that sound illogical or ridiculous. On January 30, 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was shot three times by his assassin, Nathuram Godse. Gandhi was a man who only wanted what was best for his fellow Indians, and his love for his country and its people were what motivated him to do what he did. He was the leading figure responsible for India achieving independence, and he wanted to see a free and united country. Some may argue that he was not a good politician however, having to put politics within every view can sometimes be too much, which can cause arguments, leading to chaos. The first reason why Gandhi’s death was unjustified was because Gandhi wanted only what was best for for his fellow Indians, and his love for his country and its people were what motivated him to do what he did. An example of him wanting what was best for his fellow Indians is Gandhi leading several campaigns in which he intended to make public of what unfortunate situation Indians were in inside their “Country.” This include the protest against the South African government’s refusal to allow for Indians to vote. He was significant to the the founding of the Natal Indian Congress in 1894. This is an organization that became center in 1894 and helped political resistance develop over a seven year period which began in 1906 (All stated in the article, “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India.”). Another example was that in future years, is in 1913, Gandhi negotiated with colonial laborers with Jan Smuts. Smuts was an Afrikaner (Afrikaans-speaking person in South Africa, especially one descended from the Dutch and Huguenot settlers of the 17th century) and a racist who later became colonial secretary after the Boer War. The final decision between the two managed to gain Indians rights by a little (All stated in the article, “The Problem with Purity.”) The second reason why Gandhi’s death was unjustified because he was the leading figure responsible for gaining India’s independence. An example of this is when the Mahatma Gandhi led the peasants of Champaran district against the exploitation (unfair treatment) of indigo-planters in 1917. He also was successful at Kheda against white planters and revenue authorities. He the offered leadership to the mill-workers of Ahmedabad where workers demanded a 50% wage-hike. Gandhi first used the weapon of hunger strike. The Rowlatt Act made him become an all Indian leader in February of 1919 (all stated in the article,”Role of Mahatma Gandhi in India’s struggle for freedom.”). Another example of how he was the leading figure responsible for India achieving independence was that he devoted his time to gain rights for Indians, taking him one step closer to becoming the “Father of of the Nation.” However, all three of Gandhi’s campaigns that he created failed. However, he made the British realize that ruling India was unjust. Both Gandhi and Congress realized Gandhi could potentially create a mob against the government any time. His struggle allowed rulers to think of the transfer of power into Indian hands (All stated in the article, “Role of Mahatma Gandhi in India’s struggle for freedom.”). The last reason why Gandhi’s death was unjustified because he wanted to see a free and united country. An example of this is how he merged himself with both the role of a socioreligious reformer and a leader of nationalist movement. He created satya (Truth) and ahimsa (The principle of nonviolence to all living things) of the foundation of the new society. He adopted the principles of nonviolence, peacefulness and non-cooperation with upper class people. He struck fearlessness in the hearts of his followers (All stated in the article, “Role of Mahatma Gandhi in India’s struggle for freedom.”). Another example is Gandhi’s mission to finish untouchability was one of the four pillars of swaraj. The four pillars are the requirements needed to create a new India. They are boycott, swadeshi, national education, and swaraj (self governance). His other missions were to unite the religious community, Hindus and Muslims, practice living with nonviolence, and the adoption of self-governing. Unfortunately, none of these goals were achieved during Gandhi’s lifetime. However, he did achieve the independence of India (All stated in the article,”Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India.”). However a few may argue against my claim which states Mahatma Gandhi was given an unjustified death. For example, in the article, “Why Exactly Did Godse Kill Gandhi?”, it states, “Godse felt about Gandhi that “the accumulating provocation of thirty–two years, culminating in his last pro–Muslim fast, at last urge me to the conclusion that the existence of Gandhi should be brought to an end immediately. Gandhi had done very well in South Africa to uphold the rights and well–being of the Indian community there. But when he finally returned to India he developed a subjective mentality under which he alone was to be the final judge of what was right or wrong. If the country wanted his leadership, it had to accept his infallibility ( The inability to be wrong); if it did not, he would stand distant from the Congress and carry on his own way.” This states Godse, Gandhi’s assassin, how he felt about Gandhi leading India. He felt that Gandhi was the only person to make decisions for the country and thought that it would give a valid reason for him to assassinate Gandhi. However, his decision of killing was based on solo opinions that he thought was valid which is not any validation of killing someone if someone disagrees with something. In conclusion, although assassinations in general should not be justified, and Gandhi’s death was no exception either and his death was certainly was not justified. The three reason are because Gandhi was a man who only wanted only what was best for for his fellow Indians, and his love for his country and its people were what motivated him to do what he did, was the leading figure responsible for India achieving independence, and he wanted to see a free and united country.