Mahatma Gandhi was a great man. He was born on 2nd October 1869 at Kathiwar in Gujarat, in a middle class family. His full name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. His father Karamchand Gandhi was the Diwan of Rajkot. His mother Putli Bai was a religious lady.
Mahatma Gandhi had his early education at Porbander. Later he went to England for higher studies. He was an average student in his early childhood. In his childhood Mahatma Gandhi was very shy and honest. He passed his Entrance Examination at the age of 17. In England he studied Law and became a barrister. When he returned to India, he started his practice at the Bombay High Court. But he was not interested in his legal profession. He abandoned his blooming career and jumped into the freedom movement of India.
Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to South Africa proved an important event in his life. In fact, it turned his life. In South Africa he was moved to see the plight of the non-white at the hands of the whites. He himself had to suffer humiliation due to his being a non-white. He fought for the rights of the Indians living there. He was a very simple man. His sympathy and love for the underprivileged inspired him to fight for them.
In 1913, Mahatma Gandhi came back to India. He joined politics. He could not tolerate the plight of the masses by the foreign ruler. He fought for them. He undertook pains and sufferings for them. He was put to jail several times. His whole life is a saga of sufferings and sacrifice. Mahatma Gandhi started his political career in India from Champaran Satyagraha. He went to Bihar and fought against the injustices done on the farmers. He started non-cooperation movement in 1922. The tools with which he fought against the Britishers were truth and non-violence.
Mahatma Gandhi worked hard to eradicate the social evils from Indian society. He advocated Hindu-Muslim unity and condemned the untouchability, casteism, communalism, etc. He loved the downtrodden and called those Harijans. He promoted women education and criticised child marriage, purdah system, etc. Under his leadership India got independence on 15 August 1947. Unfortunately this noble soul, apostle of peace and love was shot dead by a frantic Nathu Ram Godse on 30 January 1948.
In true sense of the word, he was a great leader of the masses. His entire life was a life of service, devotion, sacrifice and dedication. He had great qualities. He deserves to be adorned.