One person or a group of people can take on a major role of the unification process that brings upon nationalism for their country. To get a better understanding of what nationalism is, one must learn the meaning of "nationalism." Nationalism is an opportunistic way to prey on people's prejudices and stereotypes and merge them into a social movement to achieve some goal of a particular nation(Williams online). Nationalism is a striving force that can help a country thrive. There are also different ways that a country can achieve nationalism. Mahatma Gandhi's way to achieve nationalism, was called passive resistance. His passive resistance was a non-violent way to achieve nationalism.
Mahatma Gandhi came from a middle-class Hindu family. At the age of nineteen he was sent to England to study law. After returning to India, he tried to set up his own law practice but soon joined an Indian law firm in South .
Africa. For twenty years, Gandhi fought laws that discriminated against Indians in South Africa. He is considered to be the father of his country. He was the leader of the Indian nationalist movement against British rule. In his struggle against injustice, he adopted the weapon of nonviolent (passive) resistance. He called it satyagraha, or "soul-force." In 1914, Gandhi returned to India and joined the Congress Party. His ideas inspired Indians of all religious and ethnic backgrounds and he encouraged them to resist British rule. Above all, Gandhi preached the ancient tradition of ahimsa, nonviolence and reverence for all life. He applied this idea to fight the British rule. Mahatma Gandhi's Salt March from March 12th to April 5th went from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi.
The Indian people had disliked British rule since the 10th centenary. There were campaigns of civil disobedience and non-cooperation with the British by some members of the Indian congress party for example Nehru.