Gandhi's American Dream

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"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." Quotes like this come from the one and only, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, or what he's commonly known as ‘Mahatma Gandhi.’ He peacefully brought people together to boycott against British rule, and rebelled against what he believed was wrong. Before all of his, Gandhi was born on October 2nd 1869, in Porbandar, Kathiawar, India which was at the time apart of the British empire. He had what seemed to be a short childhood, marrying at thirteen years old in an arranged marriage with Kasturba Makanji. This soon caused his early rebel-teen years which was, “smoking, eating meat, and stealing change from household servants.” ( Editors 1). He had little interest in school, but kept average grades due to his father’s expectations in his academics. He went on to study western culture in London, England for three years and struggled through his studies. While staying there he started reading a variety of sacred texts about different religions, learning about the different cultures and beliefs of the world. Although he had a hard and difficult early life, he still came through to only break through bigger barriers in his future. Gandhi stood up for what he believed in multiple times in his life. After his …show more content…

On January 30th 1948, Gandhi left to go to a prayer meeting at Birla House in Delhi. Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extremist who was upset for Gandhi’s tolerance for Muslims, pulled out a pistol and shot Gandhi three times at point blank range. Mahatma Gandhi’s dying words were said to be “Hé Rām” ( Editors 6) which translates to “Oh God.” Even after the death of this peaceful leader, his teachings went on to inspire many others like Dr. Martin Luther King in the United States, Nelson Mandela and Steve Biko in South Africa, and Aung San Suu Kyi in

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