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Gandhi played a major role in the development of nonviolence and peaceful activities. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of India and the Indian independence movement. He had many followers, and taught many how to protest peacefully, instead of using violence and war. Gandhi is a role model for many people today and is one of the most famous of all nonviolent activists. Gandhi made a large impact on the world through his work. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, a small town in northwest India. His father, Karamchand Gandhi, was a local statesman who had accumulated valuable experience in local government. His mother, Putlibai, his father's fourth wife, was illiterate. Nonetheless, she took great interest in religious and spiritual matters and observed rules and customs mandated by religion with intense devotion. She showed particular willpower in her decisions to observe religious fasts. As child, Gandhi appeared shy and academically mediocre. He did not participate in athletics. He harbored no religious convictions as a young man. He also found Hindu temples too flamboyant. He did not exhibit an interest in politics either. During Gandhi's childhood, Imperial Britain dominated India, traditional Indian figures of authorities, such as princes and rajas, received a considerable degree of power in local affairs, in exchange for swearing allegiance to the British Crown. These princes made decisions about creating local rules and maintaining traditions, such as child marriage, which remained a respected practice. For that reason, Gandhi was only 13 years old when he married Kasturbai, a local girl of the same age. Although, he despised the idea stating, “It is my painful duty to have to record here my marriage at the age of thirteen...I can see no moral argument in support of such a preposterously early marriage” (Gandhi 97). The...
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