Mohandas Gandhi was and is still recognized as the greatest proponent of the ideals of passive resistance and striking. Gandhi had a major impact on the world and the rights of the Indians, despite having no signs of wanting to go into politics in the future during his childhood. Gandhi's early protests not only helped the Indians of South Africa, but also set the scene for his future in political protests. Later protests in his life just continued to justify his position as the greatest user of passive resistance and other manners of protest. Gandhi's work in protest led to numerous other followers who followed same methods and teachings as Gandhi. Through his decision to use passive resistance, hunger strikes and other methods of protest against the British rule, Mohandas Gandhi was able to gain numerous rights and freedoms for the Indians, as well as serve as a model for future protestors. .
Gandhi's early childhood showed no sign of him growing up to become a political protestor. He lived a fairly normal childhood in India. He was in a normal middle class family that stood out in no ways politically or in wanting to protest. Once Gandhi finished high school, he left India to go to law school in England. While studying law in England, Gandhi began his search for self-discovery and started studying religious philosophy, which would be the basis of his beliefs for the future ("Mohandas Gandhi" American 2). Gandhi's early childhood, although setting a small stage for him to develop into a protestor, did not extensively show signs that he would.
Gandhi's early protests set the stage for his future development as a famous political protestor. Gandhi experienced discrimination for the first time while on a train on the way to Natal, a province in South Africa at the time he was alive, when he was force to give up his seat because he was Indian. This discrimination led him to write pamphlets and essays about the prejudice and mistreatment of the Indians of the area, who had been horribly oppressed because they were the original working class of the area ("Mohandas Gandhi" U*X*L* 2).