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Mohandas K. Gandhi

Name: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

Dates: 1869-1948


Gandhi was the spiritual and political leader of the movement for Indian independence. As a young lawyer in South Africa, he became a proponent of civil disobedience and other non-violent methods, attempting to improve the civil rights of Indians in South Africa.


In 1915, he returned to India. Throughout the rest of his life, Gandhi continued to use non-violence in the struggle to free India (which then also included the modern nations of both Pakistan and Bangladesh) from British rule, despite often-brutal reprisals. India achieved independence in August 1947, but was soon divided into Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan, despite Gandhi's efforts to avoid partition.


Nicknamed "Mahatma" ("Great Soul") and "The Father of India," Gandhi was assassinated in January 1948.


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Taken on January 13, 2008