Birth of Mohandas Karamchand Ghandhi, Future Indian Leader and Civil Rights Activist

Birth of Mohandas Karamchand Ghandhi, Future Indian Leader and Civil Rights Activist

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, future Indian leader and civil rights activist, is born in British India to a Hindu father and Jain mother. He will be raised on classical Indian stories and literature, something that he will later acknowledge leaves a deep impression on him and causes him identify truth and love as his supreme values.

Gandhi's role as a defender of civil rights and Indian nationalism will develop gradually over his life, but many key events will occur while working in South Africa, where he experienced racial segregation and discrimination even more extreme than that in India.

Early on Gandhi will look for ways to work within the British system to achieve greater equality, but he comes to realize that resistance will be necessary — not armed resistance, however, because he also learns that it will be impossible to stand up against British military might.

This is where he begins to develop his ideas about non-violent but persistent, direct engagement with and resistance to oppressive government.

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