Mahatma Gandhi

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Religious and political power has always been a major attribute to the struggle within the societies of the world. During the late-1800 to mid-1900’s India was in a struggle to obtain the freedom from British control through the religious figure we know as Mahatma Gandhi. In our history books we learn of his political struggle through nonviolent acts that helped to create the independence for Indian’s within India. However, Gandhi was using his religious background of Hinduism with Jainism influence to create a bond with the people of India to try and recreate their own civilization again. Gandhi was a major factor in not only the historical significance of India, but also created the worldwide view of his religious actions that allowed the following to be felt worldwide.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British Indian Empire. His father’s name was Karamchand Gandhi, known to him as Kaba. His mother’s name was Putlibai. At a young age Gandhi was married off as a part of the customs of the region, he was only 13 years old. At the age of 15 years old Gandhi and his wife Kasturba welcomed their first child into the world, but died a few days later. Along with the death of his child, Gandhi also lost his father in the same year. Gandhi went on to have 4 more boys early on in life. During this time Gandhi traveled to London to study law. After the passing of his bar exam Gandhi returned to India to established a law practice within his own country. During his return to India in 1891 he found that his mother had passed away. His mother was a major contributor to his religious beliefs. She taught Gandhi much of the importance of Hinduism through the Jainism view point o...

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...mitted and resilient against evil. Gandhi is still to this day the icon of political figure through the usage of religious attributes and will live long after his death.

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