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Mahatma Gandhi

    Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest men, who ever lived in this world. His best quality as a person was his truthfulness. India gained her freedom after long struggle under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi. He was a real karmayogai and a great saint.

    Mahatma Gandhi was born in 1869 at Porbandar in Gujarat. His real name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. His mother was a highly religious lady and his father held a high and responsible post in Probandar. He completed his school education in local school and was married to Kasturba. He went to England to study law and became a qualified barrister.

    Gandhiji went to Pretoria in South Africa in 1893 to practice barrister. But he had to face the most painful experience of discrimination between the black and the white. Bitter insults and humiliations were heaped upon Gandhiji and once he was even thrown away from a railway compartment, although he had paid the full fare. His self-esteem was challenged and it was the turning point of his life. He decided to fight against the injustice.

    He invented and practiced a unique weapon of fighting for noble causes. This was satyagraha, which was comprised of two components- truth and non-violence. He liberated indigo cultivators of Motihari (Bihar) from oppression by the Europeans and interrupted in a conflict between mill owners and labourers in Ahmadabad. Thus Gandhiji came in close contact with the Indian masses. Then he started struggle of freedom for his motherland.

    India got freedom from Britishers in 1947. Seeing his great soul, people called him 'Mahatma' with reverence. He is also called the 'Father of the Nation.

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