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Ghandi was born on 2nd October 1869-30th January 1948 in Porbandar, a coastal town in Gujarat, western India. He pioneered Satyagraha; Satyagraha is not new to Hinduism. Ghandi placed his own meaning upon the world. It is made up of two words, ‘satya’ meaning truth and ‘graha’ meaning to size or to over power people. Ghandi believed that the truth could seize a person and take possession of her or him. Ghandi is a man well known even today for his great powerful leadership skills and non-violent protests through speech and strikes to completely change the whole of Indian society all together. Many books and films have been written, putting into perspective his courage and consistency when composing his unique protesting methods. As a leader he always believed that if a person is hitting you, you must take the pain and never fight back, this way people would understand your strong belief in what your purpose of protest is and eventually give in. his whole philosophy and leadership helped India regain independence and inspired movements for freedom and civil rights across the world, and as a result is often referred to as Mahatma, meaning ‘great soul’. After living in South Africa as an expatriate lawyer during the resident Indian community’s struggle for civil rights, he returned to India and organised protests for people concerning extensive land tax and discrimination in 1915. This brought him more power, and later in 1921 led world nationwide campaigns to ease poverty, expand women’s rights, build religious and ethnic amity, end unsociability, and increase economic self-reliance. And above all aimed to achieve independence from British domination. He did this in various different ways including speeches, strikes against the cast system, marches and fasting. Ghandi used fasting as a very effective way of non-violent protest or ahimsa meaning ‘non violent’ because he believed that if everyone knows why you are doing it and the cause is for the reason of truth, Satyagraha will be able to work. In Ghandi’s case this was to try and reunite Muslims and Hindus so that they would form one big multicultural society and be excepting of each other’s culture. Ghandi was a very peaceful and loving man who everyone aspired to and in the end managed to succeed in the majority of his protests and therefore was a great role model for how worldwide society was governed in the future. Sadly on 30th January 1948, at the age of 79 Ghandi was assassinated by Nathuram godse, while he was on his way to take prayers in the house he was living in, during the evening prayer and bowed. To this day his birthday, 2nd October, is commemorated as Ghandi ...
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