"Means are as important as achieving the objective."People have their own objectives. Some people feel that the means adopted are as important as achieving their objectives and some others want to achieve the objective by any means. Achieving by any means may involve illegal activities and risk. It may take more time to achieve by proper means but the result in most of the cases will be positive. We all want to earn money. Money earned in a proper way can be enjoyed without any fear. The same money earned by illegal means results in fear. loss of peace of mind.
Gandhiji firmly believed that means are as important as the end result. During the non-cooperation movement which was going on peacefully, a violent incident happened at Chauri Chaura. The people enraged by the arrest of their leader started protesting before the police station. When the police opened fire, the mob got enraged and set fire to the police station killing about 22 to 23 policemen. When Gandhiji heard about this incident he felt the people were not yet fully prepared for non-violent protests. If a violent situation erupts at one place when the nationwide movement is going on, the violence spreads like a wildfire all over the country within no time. It is very easy to stoke the passions of the people but it is very difficult to control. Gandhiji in his wisdom immediately called for the suspension of the Non-cooperation movement all over the country. This brought anguish and anger for many people. Had not Gandhiji called for the suspension of the Satyagraha, there would have been violent incidents all over the country. Some people believe that the suspension of the movement caused a delay in getting independence. Finally, India got its independence in a peaceful manner.