On October 2, 1869 Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi) was born in Porbandar, India. Gandhi is a worldwide known phenomenon based on his nonviolence beliefs, his advocacy for human rights and the simplistic life he led. He spent 20 years in South Africa contending its discriminatory legislation opposing Indians and he later returned to India where he became the leader of the Indian National Congress, advocating no-violence non-co-operation policies. Gandhi’s simplistic living ranged from eating a vegetarian diet and fasting regularly in self-purification (and protests) to making his own clothes. From 1922 until 1924, he was jailed for conspiracy and upon release, in 1930 led a 200 mile march to the sea to gather salt in “symbolic defiance of the government monopoly. The nonviolence beliefs and simplistic lifestyle of Ghandi developed him into one of the most renowned political and spiritual leaders of his time and his life legacy is viewed as a guiding light for the oppressed and marginalized.
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