Mahatma Gandhi was a vital leader in helping India gain independence. He was also an architect of non-violent civil disobedience that influenced the world.
He was born on October 2nd 1869, in Porbandar, India. He studied law and was an advocate for Indians civil rights. While in the process of leading the independence movement, he organized peaceful boycotts against British institutions. A fanatic killed him in 1948.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popular known as Mahatma Gandhi was born in 1869 as stated above. At that time, India was part of the British Empire. His mother, Putlibai, was a religious mother who fasted on regular basis. Gandhi grew up worshiping the Hindu god Vishnu and following Jainism, a morally rigorous ancient Indian religion that espoused non-violence, fasting, meditation and vegetarianism.
Young Gandhi was a shy and remarkable student who would even sleep with the lights on when he was a teenager. He wed Kasturba Makanji at 13 years old in a marriage that was arranged. In the years that followed, he rebelled by eating meat, smoking and stealing change.
His father died in 1885 and shortly after that, his young baby died. Gandhi had interest of becoming a doctor but his father hoped that he would become a government minister and thus the family steered him to enter into the legal profession. Gandhi moved on to London in 1888 to study law. It was a challenge for him to transit to the Western culture.
He returned to India in 1891 where he learned that his mother had died just a few weeks earlier. He struggled establishing himself as a lawyer. After finding it hard to get work India, he moved to South Africa where he got a one-year contract to perform legal services.
In tomorrow’s feature, we will look into Gandhi’ s life as a spiritual and political leader. Stay tuned in to learn more.