Martin Luther King Jr vs. Gandhi

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Difference between Martin Luther King Jr and Gandhi

A few people believe that leaders are born with the requisite characters that earn them success as a leader. While others consider that leadership, like several other similar characteristics, can be acquired and evolved through life. Environment plays a vital role in shaping and evolving a person to a great leader. Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr are the example of those great leaders who made their way under a very unfavorable conditions and circumstances.

Mahatma Gandhi was the greatest political and spiritual leader of Bharat during the Indian freedom movement. He was the pioneer of satyagraha-resistance to Caesarism through mass civil disobedience, a doctrine unwaveringly established upon ahimsa or absolute nonviolence-which guided India to independence and revolutionized movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is known in India as the Father of the Nation; his birthday, 2 Oct, is remembered there as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and world wide as the International Day of Non-Violence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American clergyman, activist and outstanding leader in the Afro-American civil rights campaign. His principal bequest was to ensure advancement on civil rights in the America, and he has become a human rights icon. King led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and assisted found the southerly Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its 1st chairman.

Method of Non Violence

Method of Non violence was the trade mark of both these men. Initially it was Gandhi who was known for his non violence behavior; rather condemn his own party against violence. Gandhi made use of non-cooperation, nonviolent resistance and passive resistance as his "artilleries" in the conflict against Brits. In Indian Punjab, butchery of civilians by British military personnel induced deep trauma to the state, resulting in increased public wrath and acts of ferocity. Mahatma Gandhi criticized both the activities of British Government and the retributory fury of Indians. He authored the declaration extending commiserations to the British victims and excoriating the riots. Though initially his party was against that declaration and but later accept the Gandhi's principal that all ferocity is injurious and could not be rationalized. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi success with nonviolent activism, Martin Luther traveled to Gandhi place of birth in India in 1959. The trip to India touched King in a profound way, heightening his apprehension of passive resistance and his dedication to America's struggle for civil rights. King said, "Since being in India, I'm more confident than ever before that the technique of passive resistance is the most powerful weapon available to suppressed people in their fight for justice and human self-esteem.

Goal Oriented Leaders

Both Gandhi and King were goal oriented leaders. Mahatma Gandhi wanted self-government for India. King cherished 1st class citizenship for Afro-American. Both of them opted nonviolent resistance as their strategy, partially since it was the only pragmatic solution capable of accomplishing their targets. Mahatma Gandhi goal for India was a self-government founded on complete freedom from Britain. Mahatma Gandhi considered that self-rule was only conceivable if his people were authorized to overrule the "fourfold catastrophe" that centuries of Brits dominion had inflicted on the economic, political, ethnic, and religious life of India. King was struggling for his people, to have them equal rights in the country where they are born. King wants his men to get equal rights, freedom of speech, equal opportunity in jobs or equality in all walks of life. There should be no discrimination on the basis of caste, color or creed.

End of Road

On 4th April, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his room in a hotel, King was shot. A man who gave his 13 years to a continuous struggle to get freedom for his people was dead. He struggled till the last moment to get the just rights for his people, rather for all those people who were suppressed by the so called superior class all around the world. On 30th January 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was shot while having his nightly public walk on the roads of New Delhi. The assassin was a Hindu patriot with connections to the extremist Hindu Mahasabha, who held Mahatma Gandhi responsible for de-escalating India by taking a firm stand upon a payment to Pakistan, which according to Gandhi was the right of Pakistan to have their share of money after partition.

Similarities and Differences

  • Both the men were true leaders and led their nation to get high place in a society
  • Both are the believers of non violent method
  • Martin Luther King had struggled a lot compare to Gandhi , as latter was struggling against a ruling party in his own country while all the nations was behind him to support him on all issues, where as King was struggling against a Black and white phenomenon which was present all around the world at that time.

Martin Luther King Jr talks about Gandhi


comments 45 Comments

  • scott . 3+ yrs. ago

Great article.

  • angela . 3+ yrs. ago

i dont get it like it dont make any since

  • bob the builder . 3+ yrs. ago

i wonder why "it dont make any since"

  • jeremy j . 3+ yrs. ago

uhmm grammer da

  • Kat . 3+ yrs. ago

I wonder why it dont make no since

Goofy read more and maybe you could figure

it out thats why its here its not just gonna

pop out and say hey (Angela) This is about Gandi

and Martin Luther King Jr. you have tio read to really understand


  • Kat . 3+ yrs. ago


  • James Dotson . 3+ yrs. ago

You should read the piece "On Civil Disobedience" by Mohands K. Gandhi written in July 27, 1916. Very powerful and strong, it will help u have a better understanding of the casues that he fought for. He fought for peace and harmony in the world. Also against war, unjust laws of the African Government, reasonable punishments (jsutice). All summurized up nonviolent resistance.

  • andy s . 3+ yrs. ago

We all need to take back our power..the power over ourselves. In the end, we can only take our consciousness with us.

  • imnotblack . 3+ yrs. ago

oh and great job on the article

  • Thomas Edison . 3+ yrs. ago

Yes wonderful article, tell me why are you all on this site?

  • Kat . 3+ yrs. ago

Because we all want to know whats going on

and also im doing it for $700 at school

we have to write a paper so if u win you get money which is cool because i always win.!

  • Kat . 3+ yrs. ago

Why are You?

  • katty . 3+ yrs. ago

help me I'm doing this for 300 dollars at school

  • homeworksucks . 3+ yrs. ago

this was not what i was looking for when i clicked on this site, but it did help me understand it more.

  • Jaime . 3+ yrs. ago

Try reading "Civil Disobedience" by David Thoreau.

  • Blake Reid . 3+ yrs. ago

Martin Luther King

1. Was American

2. Was an African American

3. Protested against racial discrimination to African Americans

4. Was assassinated in Memphis

5. Marched on Washington DC


1. Was Indian

2. Lived in London

3. Protested against British rule in India non violently

4. Was assassinated in New Delhi

5. Was a Hindu


1. Both protest against Human rights abuses

2. Both weren't whites and no European descent

3. Both protested against whites

4. Both got assassinated

5. Both have amazing quotes

  • lily . 3+ yrs. ago

thank you that helped alot

  • Hellllloooooo thereeeeeeee . 3+ yrs. ago


  • gfdgdf . 3+ yrs. ago

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  • ashley grimes . 3+ yrs. ago

civil disobedience by david thearu was good. we had to read it in english 3 about 2 or 3 weeks ago. i liked it, but gandi and martin luther was way better

  • bridget . 3+ yrs. ago

Great job on the article. I am a student doing research on them and I got alot of info. Keep it up and God bless you

  • hola . 3+ yrs. ago

hola mii ocho amigo. yhu think im latino dnt yhu. well ges wat wat....IM BLACK!!! gooo martin luther king jr. WOOT WOOT!

  • I <3 Hola . 3+ yrs. ago

HEEEEEEYYYYY GUUUUURRRRLLLLL, u sound like a mighty fine blacckk womaaan. STRONG BLACK WOMAN. WOOT WOOOT WOOOOTT!!!!!!! :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXXOXO chicken

  • colton . 3+ yrs. ago


  • u suck hola . 3+ yrs. ago

u ppl r stupid............. n who are u ""hola""???????

  • hola . 3+ yrs. ago

why yhu needa no who i is?! nd how old r yhu nd r yhu a boy or girl... cuz yhu aint finna talk to me like dat...sayin i suckk nd im stupid. pshhh yhu jus hatin cuz yhu cnt be like MEE!! being FUN!!! maybe yhu shuld try it sum time. yhu mite hav more frends that wayy. mmmhhhmmm.... yhu jus got serverd :P

  • Troll . 3+ yrs. ago

lol @ your grammmar XD sad kids these days

  • Voice of Reason . 3+ yrs. ago

dude you giving people more reason to buy into the dumb, ghetto, black people stereo type, grow up and learn to spell, i will admit that i suck at spelling but i'm thousand times better than you.

  • Ant . 3+ yrs. ago

martin and gandhi would be so disappointed if they read all these replies. they gave up their lives so that we all can have a better future. what a future it is. jeez

  • I <3 Hola . 3+ yrs. ago

**** u BIIIIAATCHHHH stop hatin, jeez u gotz to getz a life!

  • thisissad.. . 3+ yrs. ago

._. yall are sad

  • Altruistic . 3+ yrs. ago

Ummm...hey hola??? Um yeah go home! You're probably some fat, wannabe Jigaboos who doesn't have anything FUN to do, but talk rudely to other people who want to learn about MLK or Gandhi. That's cold. Why don't you just go to the street corner and at least TRY to get someone to pay you to strip. That's the best thing you could for now. At least until your enflated ego deflates some. Ps. : I forgot to mention that you're probably fat. Oh yeah and UGLY. Go get a real life instead of this fake one you're living in now. Just please don't hate on other people's opinions. You'll regret it later.

  • Sillyone . 3+ yrs. ago

you have the nerve to say things like that .maybe your life is misrable but others aint.take a good look in the mirror one day and you will realizeyoull be looking at the uglyist person in the world.

  • colton . 3+ yrs. ago


  • I <3 Hola . 3+ yrs. ago

Hey Hola!! how ya doin gurrrrll? u soo fine, u my ROOOLLEE model!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOT WOOT!

  • Mz Mz . 3+ yrs. ago

Seriously the above comments on a link about two men who fought their whole lives for peace? All of you need to get a life!!

  • SMH . 3+ yrs. ago

All of you are idiots.

  • thisissad.. . 3+ yrs. ago


  • Voice of Reason . 3+ yrs. ago

i agree, people should grow up and stop looking for trouble and fights

  • bob the builder . 3+ yrs. ago

you cant fight online

  • bob the builder . 3+ yrs. ago

does any body like the d***

  • colton . 3+ yrs. ago

shut the **** up genius.or should I say bob the builder, yes we can.ha ha.

  • PayneBrittain . 3+ yrs. ago

I think Gandhi sucks

  • colton . 3+ yrs. ago

what the **** I a matter with you. he is a great guy. You suck cuase he is amazing.

  • Ranch . 3+ yrs. ago

This is the worst string of comments I have ever seen in my life (Especially in an article about Gandhi and MLK).

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