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Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi 

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be
measured by the way in which its animals are treated."

Mahatma Gandhi.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 2 October 1869 - 1948 was born in Porbandar, a coastal town in present-day Gujarat, India. He was commonly called by the honorific Mahatma Gandhi, which means great soul, first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore.

Officially honoured as the father of India, Gandhi was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader during the Indian independence movement. He was a champion of Satyagraha, ('devotion to truth') a nonviolent way to address wrongs by peaceful civil disobedience based upon the philosophy of ahimsa - nonviolence. You can read more about Ahimsa further down. In 1888 he travelled to London England to study law and train as a barrister after which he returned to India accepted a job at an Indian law firm in Durban, South Africa were he spent twenty years, during which time he was sent to prison many times. Appalled by the treatment of Indian migrants in south
Africa he join the struggle to obtain for them basic

Gandhi in South Africa in 1909.

rights. Eventually the South African government conceded to Gandhi's demands in 1914.



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