1. Accuracy of the film.
2. Sir Ben Kingsley’s portrayal of Mohandas K. Gandhi
3. How Gandhi developed his thoughts on satyagraha (non-violent resistance).
4. How Gandhi fits into the freedom movements we have already examined.
5. The role of one person in making a significant impact. What tactics could be used for other situations?
We will also discuss and examine the following critical issues in the region today:
- A bit of ancient Indian history as it affects religion, innovation, and caste (Here’s another Learnist board on this)
- relics of the caste system, Dalit justice (see: Dalit Freedom Network)
- geopolitical conflicts: India vs. Pakistan
- Hindu/Muslim relations in the region
- Why India impacts the United States economy
Gandhi is a starting point for discussing Indian history, religion, society, and politics. He is one of the great people in all of world history. Please start with some of these resources, and be prepared to dig in and add your own in the comments.
Choose and research one critical area of Indian history, including–but not limited to–Gandhi’s effect on any area of the world, US-Indian relations, relations between India and Pakistan, religion, outsourcing, culture, population, caste/human rights, ecology… You are responsible for constructing a presentation that will inform us in detail about your narrow area of research.
- At least three sources
- A thesis statement.
- A conclusion that ties together your sources
- Some type of visual
- A well-rehearsed presentation of a minimum of 2-3 minutes. You can have more time if you’d like.
Suggestions for supporting materials:
- Learnist board
- Video or voiceover