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Mahātmā
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Studio photograph of Mohandas K. Gandhi, London, 1931.

Born

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
2 October 1869
Porbandar, Porbandar State, Kathiawar Agency, Bombay Presidency, British India

Died

30 January 1948
New Delhi, Delhi, Dominion of India

Cause of death

Assassination

Resting place

Raj Ghat, Delhi, India

Nationality

Indian

Other names

Mahatma Gandhi, Bapu ji, Gandhi ji

Alma mater

University College LondonInner Temple

Occupation

  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Activist
  • Writer

Known for

Indian Independence Movement, Peace movement, Nonviolent resistance, Civil resistance, Gandhism

Office

President of the Indian National Congress

Term

1924–1925

Political party

Indian National Congress

Movement

Indian independence movement

Spouse

Kasturbai Gandhi

Children

  • Harilal
  • Manilal
  • Ramdas
  • Devdas

Parents

  • Karamchand Gandhi
  • Putlibai Gandhi

Signature

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British colonial rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā was applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he was also called Bapu, a term that he preferred and Gandhi ji, and is known as the Father of the Nation.

Born and raised in a Hindu merchant caste family in coastal Gujarat, India, and trained in law at the Inner Temple, London, Gandhi first employed nonviolent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights. After his return to India in 1915, he set about organising peasants, farmers, and urban labourers to protest against excessive land-tax and discrimination. Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for various social causes and for achieving Swaraj or self-rule.

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Where there is love there is life. - Mahatma Gandhi

Where there is love there is life.

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life love
Speak only if it improves upon the silence. - Mahatma Gandhi

Speak only if it improves upon the silence.

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As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves. - Mahatma Gandhi

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world - that is the myth of the atomic age - as in being able to remake ourselves.

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age
Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent. - Mahatma Gandhi

Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.

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age religion
Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts. - Mahatma Gandhi

Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.

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alone faith god
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. - Mahatma Gandhi

Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.

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anger
Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep. - Mahatma Gandhi

Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.

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anger
Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up. - Mahatma Gandhi

Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.

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anger
I know, to banish anger altogether from one's breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God's grace. - Mahatma Gandhi

I know, to banish anger altogether from one's breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God's grace.

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anger god
We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop. - Mahatma Gandhi

We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.

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anger nature
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. - Mahatma Gandhi

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.

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beauty religion
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Mahatma Gandhi

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

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best
Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty it is its own reward. Everything else is in God's hands. - Mahatma Gandhi

Infinite striving to be the best is man's duty it is its own reward. Everything else is in God's hands.

Mahatma Gandhi

best god
It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business. - Mahatma Gandhi

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.

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business religion
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

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change
The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart. - Mahatma Gandhi

The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.

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change