Gandhi 's Life And Achievements

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Gandhi is one of the most beloved and recognized public figures in modern history. His life, teachings and brilliant strategies brought peace and happiness to billions of people worldwide. Born Mohandas K. Gandhi in 1869 to modest parents in Porbandar India, the young pupil went on to study law in England. Gandhi was married to his wife, Kasturbai, at age thirteen, as is the custom in India for arranged marriages. After finishing law school in England and passing the bar, Gandhi, his wife and two young children resettled in South Africa. While working as a layer in South Africa, Gandhi became impassioned about the second-class treatment he and some fellow Indians received at the hands of the British. Thus, Gandhi began his life of public service while in South Africa. The traditions of India, Hinduism and Brahman wisdom played a large part in the formation of Gandhi’s beliefs. For instance, his spiritual beliefs were also his political beliefs and the Mahatma undertook great efforts to make sure that the two were conjoined. In an interview with Louis Fischer, Gandhi recounts “what I have been striving and pining to achieve these thirty years—is self-realization, to see God face to face, to attain Moksha (Fischer, 22).” Thus, his spiritual goals are reflected in all his work. Spiritual beliefs led the movement and its leader to practice non-violence, hunger strikes and passive resistance. The Mahatma was also engaged in literary, philosophical and political endeavors. In
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