Mahatma Gandhi Impact

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Mahatma Gandhi was truly one of history’s greatest heroes. He sacrificed his entire life to help those in need. Through his love, perseverance, and endurance, Gandhi changed the world. Mahatma Gandhi, born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, was born in Porbandar, India, on October 2, 1896. He had two older brothers named Laxmidas and Karsandas and an older sister named Raliabehn. He also had two half sisters born from his father’s previous marriage. Out of all of his siblings, Gandhi was the youngest (Rau 4). Gandhi’s father, Karamchand, was the diwan, or prime minister, of Porbandar. Because of this, Gandhi and his family lived a comfortable life in a three-story house along with numerous servants. On the other hand, Gandhi’s mother, Putlibai, had deep Hindu traditions. She was extremely religious. She could often be found praying, fasting, and worshipping in the temple to honor God. Putlibai’s devotion to the Lord left a huge impression on Gandhi as a young boy (Rau 6-7). When Gandhi was seven years old, he and his family moved to an inland city called Rajkot. This is where Gandhi started school. Although he adored school, he was incredibly, painfully shy. Gandhi once stated that his books and his lessons were his only companions. As soon as he was done with school, he would sprint as fast as he could home to avoid any social interactions with his classmates. One of Gandhi’s many, many fears was that he would be made fun of him. At this point in his life, he was very weak in

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