Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, was an inspirational leader in the Civil Rights Movement in India. Gandhi was the the leader of a nonviolent civil disobedient act, leading to the freedom of India from Britain's reign. Like the Civil Rights Movement in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, the Indian Civil Rights Movement was a way for people to get their rights and freedoms without resorting to violence. In both cases, both the struggles of African-Americans and Indians paid off. African-Americans gained rights and freedom in American while Indians gained freedom, rights, and a whole new society for the simple reason that they stood up for what they believed and remained nonviolent. The key factor in both cases is that both parties remained nonviolent. This proved to be important because it proved to the abusers that these people (the African-Americans and Indians) were humane and civil, just like them.