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When you hear the name Mahatma Gandhi, what’s the first thing you think of? The terms nonviolence, civil disobedience, and mahatma (meaning great soul) are what most people will likely think hearing his name. From being raised as a child in India, to attending law school in England, to his countless movements for Indian freedom, to his tragic assassination, Gandhi and his critical thinking have helped pave the way for others who have brought change to our world. Born October 2, 1869 in the small state of Porbandar, located in the western part of India, Gandhi means grocer. The name came from generations earlier in which that had been his family’s occupation. He attended school where as a child he tended to run home from school for fear of being of being made of fun of because he had difficulty with multiplication. Another interesting fact about Gandhi is that he was married at age thirteen, as it was arranged and quite common in India. Gandhi 's first true insight into nonviolence came when he stole gold from his brother. He felt guilty for doing so and eventually confessed to his father, who instead of being mad at him, wept. (Information above from http://www.progress.org/gandhi/gandhi01.htm) This is where his journey to the great accomplishments he would reach later in his life began. Gandhi would go on to attend law school in London and eventually return home. He had only graduated with enough information to know English laws, not Indian/Hindu laws. He was given an opportunity by a large Indian firm where he was to travel to South Africa to assist in a legal case in court. He told his family goodbye as he went forth "to try his luck in South Africa". Not only did he have luck; he would end up discovering himself, his philosophy, and his following from this expenditure. (http://www.progress.org/gandhi/gandhi02.htm) While on a train ride, a white passenger had protested to the officials and Gandhi was ordered to a lower class region. When he



References: http://www.progress.org/gandhi/gandhi01.htm (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 14) http://www.mahatma.com/php/showNews.php?newsid=52&linkid=10

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