Gandhi through Stories - Graphics

Speeches as Graphics

Gandhi's speeches, delivered mostly outdoors, were never recorded. Where recorded, poorly (except the speeches delivered at birla house duing his last 144 days). This then creates the need to read (as opposed to hearing) and reading often considered a cumbersome or a difficult activity.

Chauri Chaura Incident

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    The Non-Cooperation Movement was launched on 1 August, 1920, which included boycott of government schools and colleges, of law courts and foreign cloth, and was to be extended to include mass civil disobedience with giving up untouchability and observe strict non-violence.
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    A group of well-organized volunteers was picketing the local market against liquor sales and high food prices on 2 February 1922.
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    The local police beat up the volunteer leader, an army pensioner named Bhagwan Ahir, and locked up several volunteers in the local chowki.
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    On 5 February, approximately 2,000 to 2,500 protesters gathered in front of the local police station shouting slogans demanding the release of their leader.
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    In an attempt to frighten and disperse the crowd, the police fired warning shots into the air.
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    This only agitated the crowd who began to throw stones at the police.
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    The Indian sub-inspector in charge ordered the police to open fire on the advancing crowd, killing three and wounding several others.
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    When the angry mob advanced further, the police who were heavily outnumbered, ran inside the police chowki to take shelter. Angered by the police gunfire, the crowd set the chowki ablaze, killing all of the Indian policemen and peons (ocial messengers) trapped inside. Most were burned to death, while those who tried to escape were killed by the crowd at the entrance of the chowki and their bodies thrown back into the fire. 22 people died inside the police chowki.
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    British authorities declared martial law in and around Chauri Chaura and conducted several raids in which hundreds of people were arrested.
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    A total of 228 people were put on a trial for rioting and arson, a trial that lasted for 8 months. Of these 6 died while in police custody.

Champaran Episode

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    Gandhi arrives by train at Motihari in Champaran district in Bihar where Indigo farming farmer were distress and starving.
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    Gandhi is greated by a large crowd of farmers and villagers.
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    Gandhi greated warmly. British police wondering why so many people gathered.
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    British police serve notice under section 144 CRPC and ask Gandhi to leave.
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    Gandhi refuses, jailed!
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    Gandhi brough to court before a British magistrate.
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    Gandhi pleads guilty for drawing the crowd.
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    Judge looks worried about the huge crowd gathered outside.
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    Gandhi pleads guilty for drawing the crowd.
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    Gandhi speaks : a stirring speech as defence. Explains his involvement as 'call of conscience'. Asks to be punished. (If need be)
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    Magistrate judge baffled. Notice against Gandhi withdrawn.
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    Notice against Gandhi withdrawn. Committe set up to review farmer's problem. 'Champaran Agrarian Bill' passed!!!