Mahatma Gandhi – “Father Of The Nation”

mahatma gandhi

mahatma gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Mahatma Gandhi, was born in Porbandar, a small town in the state of Gujarat, India on October 2, 1859. After studying Law in England, Gandhi worked as a legal advisor for an Indian firm which posted him in Durban, South Africa. It was there that Ghandi first found himself treated as a member of an inferior race, stripped of political rights and far from being considered human beings. He remained there for twenty years and in 1896 started to emerge as a leader of the Indian community in South Africa, teaching about non-violent resistance. He believed that truth could not be attained other than through love and non-violence means.
Gandhi returned to India in 1915 and traveled extensively for a year to familiarize himself with India’s condition back then. The following years saw him proclaim and play an active part in Swaraj, the Indian campaign for home rule against the Great Britain. He launched his movement of Ahimsa, non-violent resistances and gained millions of followers. Throughout India, streets were blocked and if that time there was a car hire excess insurance it was the perfect time to get one. Indians resigning from government schools and British goods produced at the expense of Indian villagers and home industries were boycotted. Though many Indians were massacred in this period, Great Britain eventually considered violence useless and left India afterwards.
Gandhi’s last years were mainly spent working on constructive reform of Indian society. Though a member of the upper caste himself Gandhi started a movement dedicated to eliminating the injustice of the caste system. He worked to promote peace between Indian Hindus and Muslims. He had ideas on almost every subject relevant in India at the time; hygiene, nutrition, labor, education and pursued them through journalism.
For the powerful and profound impact his teaching and work created all over India, Gandhi is often saluted as the “father of the nation”.

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