Inspirational People Series: Mahatma Gandhi


Philosopher, encourager, and “Father” of the nation India Gandhi was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi October 2, 1869. Now I understand that this man is more recent compared to the other Inspirational people I’ve discussed and analyzed, but because of my upcoming study of this man in my history class I’ll share my own information on this man along with the facts from the “About” website 20th Century People: Mohandas Gandhi, and the HISTORY channel website.

Gandhi spent most of his life fighting against discrimination and leading a non-violent movement against European, specifically British, forces that ruled over South Africa. Gandhi grew up to become a peaceful, quiet man who had to step up and become a leader for his people. Documents about him state that he was a shy, obedient young man that was an average student in school. According to the “About” website Gandhi didn’t always live morally correct according to his Hindu religion. At a rebellious age Gandhi had smoked and eaten meat but deeply regrets that decision as he becomes a man, but those incidents most likely taught him more of the world that he lives in. At thirteen, a young age according to our American society, Gandhi married and had four sons. I can’t quite imagine how he would have followed his duty to provide for his family at a young age, so I’m sure his parents had housed Gandhi’s wife and sons until his sustainable life. At age eighteen Gandhi left India and his family behind to go to school in London, England to become a Lawyer. While in London he had experienced what he identified as a surprising amount of discrimination. During his studies he became close with the Hindu faith, which became the backbone of his future actions. When he returned to India he attempted to practice law but had trouble grasping the India law system and lacked confidence in his cases. Age 23 he left his family again to travel to South Africa and deal with a case, but little did he know he was going to have to deal with a bigger problem in British controlled Natal. After Gandhi experienced discrimination in South Africa, starting with his refusal of moving from a first class passenger train to third class, which brought the interference of a policeman, he discovered other Indians and natives experienced the same injustice. His morals and newfound confidence forced him to fight this injustice and for the next twenty years of his life he fought, peacefully, for the rights of Indians in South Africa.


He used non-violent tactics to battle the England discriminatory practices and so that Indians could receive their rights. His religion refused for him to become angry towards the way he was being treated and even when he was put in jail he came out continuing his peaceful battle against injustice. Through his works and the support of his followers Britain granted them their independence but had split India into Muslim and Hindu. This partition caused religious violence, and even Gandhi wasn’t completely satisfied with British’s decision upon Indian independence. Gandhi became a symbol as justice and peaceful strength even after his assassination. Today Gandhi is rightfully known as the “Father of India”. His tenacity and endurance as well as his peaceful teaching has influenced thousands to fight for all that is just and civil.


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