Today, October 2, marks the anniversary of the birth of Mohandas Gandhi. Gandhi is best remembered as the leading figure in the Indian independence from British rule and for advocating non-violence, civil rights and freedom.

The works, teachings and life of Gandhi inspired many other people all over the world. Thus, the title ‘Mahatma’, meaning great soul, was conferred to him. He was killed by a fanatic in 1948.

 

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

 

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Gandhi was born on October 2, 1969 in Porbandar, India which was then part of the British Empire. The young Gandhi was an unremarkable student but he went on study law in London.

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.””
– Mahatma Gandhi

 

He spend 20 years as a lawyer in South Africa before returning to colonial-India. There he led the Indian independence movement, which culminated to the Indian Independence Act of 1947.

He spend 20 years as a lawyer in South Africa before returning to colonial-India. There he led the Indian independence movement, which culminated to the Indian Independence Act of 1947.

 

“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

 

In the famous Salt March of April and May 1930, thousands of Indians followed Gandhi from Ahmadabad to the Arabian Sea to protest the British salt taxes. The march resulted in the arrest of nearly 60,000 people, including Gandhi himself.

In the famous Salt March of April and May 1930, thousands of Indians followed Gandhi from Ahmadabad to the Arabian Sea to protest the British salt taxes. The march resulted in the arrest of nearly 60,000 people, including Gandhi himself.

“An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

 

Gandhi was imprisoned several times, both in India and South Africa.

Gandhi was imprisoned several times, both in India and South Africa.

 

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“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

 

Gandhi was a strict vegetarian and he fast regularly. He lived a simple life and he even weave his own clothes.

Gandhi was a strict vegetarian and he fast regularly. He lived a simple life and he even weave his own clothes.

“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

 

On January 30, 1948, while on the way to a prayer meeting, Gandhi was shot. Roughly 1 million people followed the procession as Gandhi's body was carried through the streets and cremated on the banks of the holy Jumna River.

On January 30, 1948, while on the way to a prayer meeting, Gandhi was shot. Roughly 1 million people followed the procession as Gandhi’s body was carried through the streets and cremated on the banks of the holy Jumna River.

 

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

 

Gandhi with his wife Kasturba.

Gandhi with his wife Kasturba.

 

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

 

Gandhi with Nehru.

Gandhi with Nehru.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

 

Gandhi on Downing Street, London.

Gandhi on Downing Street, London.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

 
 

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