Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Posted October 2, 2017 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi

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

On this day in 1869, Mahatma Gandhi was born. Known as “the father of the nation,” Gandhi led India to independence from British rule through nonviolent civil protest. His leadership would inspire movements for civil rights and freedom through non-violent disobedience all around the world.

He was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi to a Hindu family in the merchant caste. After studying law in London, Gandhi lived in South Africa for 21 years where he faced discrimination because of his heritage. It was there that he first began to develop his philosophy of passive resistance in opposition of discriminatory legislation against Indians. In 1914, he returned to India and became a leader in the country’s movement for independence. He led nationwide campaigns for independence using a policy of noncooperation, nonviolence, and peaceful resistance. India finally achieved independence from British rule on August 15, 1947.

Considered one of the most inspiring figures in history, today Gandhi’s birthday is celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.

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