10 February 2014
The Great Soul
“Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always.” – Mohandas Gandhi. Aroused by the massacre of Amritsar in 1919, Gandhi put all his life’s effort into breaking free from the clutches of Great Britain. As the principal figure used his influential philosophy of non-violent confrontation, he inspired political activists with many persuasions throughout the whole world. Not only was Mohandas Gandhi a glorious diplomat, but also his effort to achieve liberty and equality for all people were greatly acknowledged. Gandhi’s alternative method of leadership gained him the love of a nation and eventually enabled him to lead the independence movement in India. Gandhi’s early life did not foreshadow his eventual role in reshaping India, and the world. He was born into a prosperous family on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, a seaside town between Bombay and Karachi (the region of Gujarat, a state today tragically torn by Hindu-Muslim conflict) (Deats, Jegen 17). His mother practiced Jainism, a Hindu-based religion which ideas of nonviolence and vegetarianism. Mohandas Gandhi has claimed that his mother was his biggest influence, whose life consisted of numerous fasts and vows. As a boy, Gandhi had his share of petty vices. He began to smoke when he was twelve, sometimes stealing money from the house to pay for cigarettes. He also started to eat meat—in secret of course, because all his family was strict vegetarians and eating meat was a regarded as a sin (Byrne pg. 11). Gandhi felt great regret for going behind his families back, and he vowed to himself that he would never touch meat or sin again. His eldest brother and a family friend suggested that Mohandas should go to England to study and become a barrister. Mohandas was thrilled. It...
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