Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in 1869 to Hindu parents in the state of Gujarat in Western India. He entered an arranged marriage with Kasturba Kapadia when both were 13 years old. His family later sent him to London to study law, where in 1891 he was admitted to the Inner Temple and called to the bar.
Gandhi’s legal career took him first to South Africa, where he worked to improve the rights of immigrant Indians. While in Africa, he developed his creed of passive resistance against injustice, which he called “satyagraha” (“truth force”). He was jailed frequently because of the protests he led. Yet before he returned to India with his wife and children in 1915, he had radically changed the lives of Indians living in Southern Africa.
Back in India, it was not long before he took the lead in the nation’s long struggle for independence from Britain. He never wavered in his unshakable belief in nonviolent protest and religious tolerance. When Muslim and Hindu compatriots committed acts of violence, whether against the British who ruled India or against each other, he fasted until the fighting ceased.
India’s independence, when it came in 1947, was due not to a military victory, but to a triumph of human will. To Gandhi's despair, however, the country was partitioned into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. The last two months of his life were spent trying to end the appalling violence which ensued. In protest, he fasted until he was at the brink of death—an act which finally quelled the riots. Sadly, in January 1948, when Gandhi was 79 years old, an assassin killed him as he walked through a crowded garden in New Delhi to address an evening prayer meeting.
More than a half century after his death, Gandhi’s legacy lives on. Inspired by his lifelong commitment to nonviolence, notable leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela carried forth his work in their own nations. Today, his is a household name and an inspiration to many people, providing a reminder that for those who live by their beliefs, nothing is impossible.
Soul. Pass It On!
This billboard about Soul features Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948); non-violent leader of Indian independence..
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Jenna Herritt from Kent state APRIL 14, 2020
Wow,totally the best one yet. Can't argue with that
Daniel from Chicago, Illinois OCTOBER 3, 2019
Gandhi is truly inspiring to us today. We currently have immigration and racial issues. It would be great for us if we had a person like Gandhi in our lives right now.
Gandhi MARCH 7, 2019
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Bob Marly from Norwalk, Iowa MARCH 6, 2018
I luv it
I cant give that info MARCH 1, 2018
Wow... 50 years later and he is still remembered. Im amazed.
Doge MARCH 1, 2018
SO much WOW!
Abram from South Sudan AUGUST 19, 2017
His philosophy, to be the change in the world
mauricio JANUARY 30, 2017
the peace is very beautiful and awesome
María fernanda JANUARY 30, 2017
That is more cool the world with aut violence
Brooklyn from Indiana NOVEMBER 30, 2016
So Inspiring I Love It
Anonymous SEPTEMBER 7, 2016
Kingdom Ayer from Ghana JUNE 24, 2016
We can't have peace if don't make peace with ourselves, as lawyer and a human as he was, he understand the law the right of the people. He's faith and belief was strong enough because he knew the law and right of the people. Gandhi was actually a great man.
Isaiah from Burris FEBRUARY 11, 2016
Inspirational And Great Person
Anonymous SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
I love Gandhi is my hero
Mary from Dallas, Texas SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
His philosophy, to be the change in the world, has fueled my passion to help teens discover the change they want to see in their lives, in their world.
Sarah G from Albany, New York FEBRUARY 12, 2012
That guy had one of the strongest spirits of anyone I know, keeping peace and ending violence like that. why can't we all try to keep peace like he did?
Emma from Michigan OCTOBER 4, 2011
This man had some soul!
Neil from Washington AUGUST 13, 2011
He had Soul because he utilized both ingredients of a Soul to the best of his ability: His intelligence and free will.
sai kiran madireddi from nalgonda india JANUARY 7, 2011
These stories are just like life saving drugs to the people who are in desperate situation. These are hope, these are driving forces, these stories remind we are humans and we are born to succeed and show the way to our next generation. Great work keep it up.
jessica whitmer from kaysville utah OCTOBER 11, 2010
I love these billboards. They make me feel like I can fly as high as I want.
Prakash C. from India MAY 30, 2010
Your site is overflowing with humanity and soul. These are truly beautiful people on these pages. God bless you all.
Ahmed, M from Austin, TX APRIL 3, 2010
Gandhi embodies the best in Humanity, showed us the way to summon our better angels and that we can be victorious with PEACE
Andrew Z. from Ogdensburg, New York DECEMBER 17, 2009
He was an awesome dude. Why did he have to go and get shot... Peace out.
Kimberlee W. from McMinnvillel, OR NOVEMBER 9, 2009
I am doing a research on soul and this man has it all. It is crazy he could have that soul for all those people!
Sara W. from Sparta, MI MAY 18, 2009
Amazing how he could get so much done and have so many people actually follow him with his non violence beliefs, it is just truly inspirational.
Ravi S. from India MARCH 20, 2009
I salute this world leader. He is still a leader without any equal.
Sha from Eldora, Iowa NOVEMBER 13, 2008
This story really inspired me to try new things and get through the hard times.
Katie M. from MAC, Oregon OCTOBER 22, 2008
Brilliant. Absolutely inspirational. An amazing tribute as well.
Priya J from Jaora, India JULY 31, 2008
Wonderful! What he said, what he did & how he made me feel.
Dana Y. from Israel JULY 26, 2008
Ghandi has inspired me to take a different view on life. When I want to make a difference in something, I don't wait for it to happen. Rather, I take an active part and do what I can to help instigate the change. As Ghandi once said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Poima B. from Hawaii, USA APRIL 28, 2008
Gandhi was ahead of his time as were those who shared the message of peace, hope, compassion and the ability to love humanity inspite of its shortcomings. What a beautiful soul!
Armand M. from Philippines MARCH 28, 2008
Einstein said generations to come will scarcely believe that one such as Gandhi walked the earh. But he did..and we can emulate him.
Brianna V. from Bakersfield, California USA JANUARY 22, 2008
You people put a lot of work into these stories. That's why I like them so much. Thank you!
Narayan N. from Bhopal, India AUGUST 22, 2007
Gandhi, and his thoughts on non-violence, tolerance and secularism are relevant today more than ever before. Let us rediscover the Gandhi in all of us...
Justice R from Cleveland, USA JUNE 22, 2007
When I wonder what I should do in a difficult time, I think of Gandhi and then I have guidance.
Tina H. from North Carolina, USA JUNE 4, 2007
Melissa H from Pennsylvania, USA MAY 19, 2007
A true inspiration!!!
pavi p from singapore APRIL 19, 2007
a brilliant piece of work!!!