Mahatma Gandhi: A Fighter For Freedom

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was one of the few men who fought for moral, political, religious, economic, and cultural ideas. He was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, British India (now Gujarat) and passed away on January 30, 1948. 78 years if his life was dedicated to helping others and reaching enlightenment.

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Gandhi practiced the ancient Hindu religion that emphasized fasting, meditation, vegetarianism, and non-violence. As Gandhi’s family tried to decide for him what his future would look like, he would have liked to become a doctor. The decision was made for Gandhi to pursue his education in England and will not touch meat, alcohol, and women. In the book Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths by Mark Shepard it states, Gandhi was not a scrawny little man. Yes, his legs were scrawny”and bowed”but he had a barrel chest, and a deep, booming voice to match it. Gandhi’s appearance could create the impression he was quiet and timid however this was not the case. He used voice and became a man of power. During the Salt March in 1930, he led this act of a nonviolent protest.

        Gandhi was a shy student who always followed the rules and regulations in college. However, was known to be mischievous as a kid. At the age of 18, Gandhi sailed to England to study law. After college, he returned home to India. Shortly his mother passed away and affected him significantly. At Gandhi’s first courtroom case, he fled the room with anxiety and embarrassment suffering the reimbursement with his client and struggled to find work in India as a lawyer. Gandhi then met a man who offered him a job in South Africa in which he gains political knowledge. Facing racial discrimination and humiliation in South Africa he became an activist. Then he decided to fight for Indians rights along with other minorities. Indians were not allowed to walk on the path of Europeans and vote. Gandhi knew this was unjust and unfair. Questioning the way minorities were treating Gandhi created an organization called Natal Indian Congress in 1894. He spent 21 years in South Africa, was challenged with racism, and fought for civil rights, then returned to India as a new and improved man.

He was influenced by the concept of Satyagraha which is the dedication to the truth and being as honest as you possibly can be. The Sanskrit word satya means truth and graha means nine celestial bodies. This can be practiced to improve self-esteem, self-realization, and moral worth.Satyagraha is nonviolent action, led by person’s sense of moral truths. Gandhi used Satyagraha to challenged the new registration laws. (Kuhn) In order for Satyagraha to be known, it was important for Gandhi and the people of India, to publicize this idea of honesty as much as possible.

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