Civilization VI: Mahatma Gandhi Leads India

Returning to lead India in Civilization VI is the beloved Mahatma Gandhi. Born in British-ruled India, Gandhi was famed for his courageous passive movements towards alleviating poverty, increasing women’s rights, promoting religious harmony and, most prominently, obtaining India’s independence.

Gandhi led the campaign for India’s independence from British rule through a specific philosophy of nonviolent resistance called Satyagraha. Some of his movements included the famed Salt March, multiple hunger strikes and more, which often led to long stints in prison and harm to himself.

Gandhi also worked to unite Hindus and Muslims in the country, which drew the attention of many would-be assassins. After five failed attempts on his life, Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, leaving a nation and world in mourning. As the preeminent nonviolent activist, Gandhi’s influence changed the course of human history, setting the stage for leaders such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela who drew from his inspiring nonviolent philosophies for change.

Unique Unit: Varu

Originating in India, the Varu, otherwise known as the War Elephant, is one of the world’s most intimidating cavalry units. Atop the Varu rests a wooden box where archers and pikemen can attack infantry units relatively safe from harm, while the elephant itself presents multiple dangers to any soldiers within its path.

Unique Improvement: Stepwell

Indian Stepwells are man-made ponds in which water is aggregated at the center of a series of descending stairs. Marked by complex and elaborate designs that expanded beyond just utilitarian, stepwells made water readily available year-round for drinking, irrigation, bathing, and other uses.

Here, you can see a real-life stepwell – the Chand Baori:


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