Mahatma Gandhi was an inspiring activist known to many as the Father of India. He advocated nonviolence and believed in love, justice, and peace. He led countless peaceful acts of protest, inspiring and helping people around the world. Gandhi inspired India as well as many other nations around the world with his teachings (Mahatma Gandhi Biography).
Gandhi was born October 2, 1869 to Karamchand and Putlibai. Out of six children, Mohandas was the youngest. He had a positive relationship with his parents, though he slightly feared his father.
His mother was an extremely religious Hindu. People often looked to her for wisdom and guidance. (The Story of Gandhi) His father was a chief minister in Porbandar as well as a few other states in India. (Mahatma Gandhi Biography) Mohandas eventually became known as Mahatma, meaning “great soul”
Gandhi is well known for his peaceful protests. His most famous act of civil disobedience was the Salt March of 1930. Because of the British rulers, Indians were not allowed to buy or sell salt.
Gandhi would not stand for this. He led thousands of peaceful protesters from Ahmedabad to the Arabian Sea coast, which was nearly a month’s journey and roughly 240 miles. They walked along the coast, illegally making salt from seawater. This resulted in the arrest of Gandhi and the thousands of protesters peacefully fighting for their rights. However, this led to an outbreak of protests across India, resulting in their freedom from Britain (Salt March).
Although Gandhi is a well respected historical figure, he had his flaws.
There is much more to Gadhi than his legacy, such as his controversial beliefs on women. He believed that women who were raped should be held accountable, and must accept the punishment of their actions. Gandhi wrote of cutting two young girl’s hair because of the fact that they were sexually harassed. (Women suffer from Gandhi’s legacy) At the age of 38, he took an oath to celibacy (Gandhi wanted women to ‘resist’ sex for pleasure). In order to test this, he often slept with young, nude women (Women suffer from Gandhi’s legacy). He was also slightly racist, despite fighting racial descrimination in South Africa in the late 1800’s. He was said to believe that Indians were “better” than the Natives of Africa (Was Mahatma Gandhi a racist?).
Gandhi was an inspiration to nations around the earth. Aside from his twisted views on certain topics, he was- debatably- one of the most kind-hearted men of his time. He suffered for the greater good, peacefully fought for the freedom of India, and inspired many to do the same. His silent actions spoke volumes. Gandhi’s teachings are still taught today and his legacy lives on in the hearts of many (Mahatma Gandhi Biography).