Gandhi : An Indian Philosopher

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, otherwise known as “Mahatma,” meaning “great soul,” is an Indian philosopher, teacher, author, vegetarian, simple-living advocate, and the creator of the effective method of protest, “Civil Disobedience.” He helped contribute to the liberation of India from the British government, as well as aid the countless lives of others by teaching them to live in harmony, despite religious differences. Known in India as Bapu, translating to “Father of India,” Gandhi also helped in alleviating the poor from their burden of taxation. He strongly opposed the British rule in both South Africa and India, and instead of resorting to violence, Gandhi ultimately used the human emotion of suffering in order to open the eyes of others through empathy, effectively changing the way people protest throughout history. Born on October 2, 1869, Gandhi was raised in a small, coastal town called Porbandar, located in western India. His father, Karamchand Gandhi, was the Prime Minister of Porbander. Despite being an effective and experienced bureaucrat, he did little financially for his family. Gandhi commented on his father by stating, “He never had any ambition to gather riches and left us very little,” (Rawding 5). Gandhi’s mother, Putlibai, on the other hand, played a key role in developing Gandhi’s state of mind. Being a firm believer in the Jainism, she would frequently take arduous vows as a test of her faith, and she will go through with them without giving up. Before
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