An insight into the fight for Indian independence. The Indian fight for independence from the British Empire, along with the Civil Rights Movement helmed by Martin Luther King, is the most well-known example of a ‘successful’ nonviolent protest. It culminated in the granting of independence on 15 August 1947, ending the British Raj (period during which India was a British ruled colony). The Indian effort was not an entirely nonviolent one, but it is widely accepted that the nonviolent group, led by Mahatma Gandhi, was the determining factor in achieving independence.  The following looks first at the history of India […]

What’s the point of protesting? (Part 1 of 2)

For these 2 EXCHANGE articles, we reached out to people to ask what they thought about protesting – did they think there was a point? Do they think it achieves anything? Is it right? We reached out to Ewan after an interesting conversation a few weeks back on the HS2 protests that were taking place, and whether protestors are right to protest, considering decisions are made by a council that has been voted in and represent a majority view. *** People protest against newly elected Conservative governments, arms deals, trees getting cut down, wars, meat consumption (the list goes on […]