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December 30, 2014 2:52PM

Mahatma Gandhi was considered a great man and a champion of Indian civil rights. It was through his non-violence platform that India achieved its independence from the British. During the struggle for independence, however, the Muslims did not want the mastery of the British to be replaced with the mastery of the Hindus. As a result, they stood firmly with Jinnah when he demanded an independent Pakistan for the Muslims. This led to the infamous partition, which saw thousands of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and other minorities lose their lives in communal strife. "An eye for an eye making the whole world blind" is a quote Gandhi used to describe the atrocities on all sides during partition.