Essay On Mahatma Gandhi

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A wise man once said, ”The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This man is Mahatma Gandhi. How does this apply to discovering yourself? Well, let me tell you a little bit about his life and my own experiences. Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India; it was part of the British Empire. His native language was Gujarah. His parents were Karamchand Gandhi, a chief minister, and Putlibai, who was deeply religious, the fourth wife and nursed the family. He had an arranged marriage with Kasturba, at 13. His father and his first baby died when he was 16. At 18, after having 4 living sons, he sailed for London, England to study law for three years for his father’s wishes. He joined the…show more content…
He settled in Durban to practice law and founded the Natal Indian Congress, in 1894. This flooded the government, legislative, and press with statements of indian grievances, exposing the discrimination in Queen Victoria in her own colonies in Africa. All this had reached even The Times of London, The Statements, and Englishman commenting on Natal Indian grievances. In 1896, he went to India to get his wife and children, get support overseas, and persuade leaders. Landing in Durban, in 1897, he was assaulted and was almost lynched by a white mob, but he refused for them to be prosecuted. The outbreak of the South African (Boer) War, Gandhi raised an ambulance corporation of 1,100 and for them to instill in them a spirit of service, whom they thought of as oppressors. Though the Boers and Britons made a partnership, they were not included and their efforts did not impress them. In 1906, the Transvaal Government made a humiliating ordinance for the registration of its indian population. Under Gandhi, they held a mass protest at Johannesburg and born was satyagraha. For seven more years, 1913, hundreds of indians were put in jail and thousands of indian workers struck work faced imprisonment, flogging, and even shot. There were lots of lost, but this had exposed the South African Government. Under the pressure of the governments of Britain and India, they accepted a compromise

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