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Mahatma Gandhi The Great Soul

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in the state of Gujarat on 2nd October 1869. This great man had several beliefs and held on to his principles. He did an outstanding job in politics. He broke new ground by initiating the satyagraha movement. Satyagraha basically meant standing up to dictatorship by mass civil disobedience. He was also a firm believer in ahimsa, which means non-violence. He was instrumental in obtaining India’s freedom from the oppression of the British. Even today he is an inspiration to many. In fact, even today many foreigners too trust his philosophies and follow them. The entire world refers to him as Mahatma Gandhi or the great soul. He is the most respected person that ever walked the earth. India has bestowed on him the title of Father of the nation. While his birthday is celebrated as a national holiday in India, it is celebrated as the International Day of Non Violence throughout the world. Some of the most famous names to have followed his philosophies are Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. Even Barack Obama, the president of the United States has expressed Mahatma Gandhi as an inspiration.

His father, Mr. Karamchand Gandhi was the prime minister of the small princely state of Porbander. Karamchand Gandhi lost three wives to childbirth. Gandhi’s mother was Karamchand Gandhi’s fourth wife, a fact that very few people know. Gandhi’s mother was a devout Hindu Jain who followed all the traditions. She had a major role to play in the way his life shaped up. She taught him to be compassionate. She was the one who persuaded him to take up vegetarianism and also that fasting would lead to self purification. She even taught him to get along with people of other religions.

M. K. Gandhi was married at an early age of 13 to Kasturba. He had four sons after having lost his first child in the cradle. His eldest son was Harilal, the second was Manilal, Ramdas was third and Devdas was the youngest. Surprisingly Gandhi was an average student during his school days. He went to study law in London so he could be a barrister against his wishes. When he returned he earned a living drafting petitions for litigants until he landed a job in Natal, South Africa. Gandhi was very disturbed by the events that took place in South Africa. The racism, prejudice and injustice he suffered there stimulated him to do something about it.

Gandhi returned to India from South Africa in 1915. Gopal Krishna Gokhle introduced him to Indian politics. Gandhi actively took part in defying the government in the form of Satyagraha. He was completely against social injustices which ran rampant in the country in the form of untouchability, sati system, child marriage and so on. The key weapons that Gandhi employed were non-violence and non-cooperation in his struggle against the British. When Gandhi joined the Indian National Congress, his main aim was complete swaraj (independence). He was also instrumental in boycotting foreign goods and employing the swadeshi policy. You can find more articles on Gandhiji by visiting or by searching google. It will be an exhilarating experience.
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