Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

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The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was born and raised in a Hindu Bania community in coastal Gujarat, and trained in law in London. Gandhi became famous by fighting for the civil rights of Muslim and Hindu Indians in South Africa.

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Mahatma Gandhi"Gandhi" redirects here. For other uses, seeGandhi (disambiguation).Mohandas Karamchand Gandhipronunciation(helpinfo)(pronounced:[mondas krmtnd andi]; 2 October 1869[1] 30 January 1948), commonly known asMahatma Gandhi, was the preeminent leader ofIndian nationalisminBritish-ruled India. Employingnon-violentcivil disobedience, Gandhi ledIndiato independence and inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world.[2][3]The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was born and raised in aHinduBaniacommunity in coastalGujarat, and trained in law in London. Gandhi became famous by fighting for the civil rights of Muslim and Hindu Indians in South Africa, using new techniques of non-violent civil disobedience that he developed. Returning to India in 1915, he set about organising peasants to protest excessive land-taxes. A lifelong opponent of "communalism" (i.e. basing politics on religion) he reached out widely to all religious groups. He became a leader of Muslims protesting the declining status of theCaliphate. Assuming leadership of theIndian National Congressin 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women's rights, building religious and ethnic amity, endinguntouchability, increasing economic self-reliance, and above all for achievingSwarajthe independence of India from British domination.Gandhi led Indians i

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