If a person or his/her life inspires you, i believe, he/s must have done something great.
The life of Mohandas karamchand Gandhi(Bapu) is no different.
Born on 2 October 1869 , Porbandar, Gujarat to Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai, Bapu did not have the privilege of a childhood we have in these days. Early childhood marriage according to the custom was not only unwarranted but also left Bapu at an younger age to shoulder the responsibility of a family.
However, it did not stop Bapu to pursue his education, after completing his high school, and as circumstances demanded he decided to pursue his graduation abroad, crossing sea at the time would mean you would be deemed outcaste by your community , but faith in righteousness, Bapu would do otherwise.
The new culture and his vow to the mother largely shaped Bapu’s behaviour there.
After returning to India and practicing at the bar , a case of his client would require him to go to South Africa.
The journey just begun would test Bapu’s patience, when while travelling in first class coach with a valid ticket he was asked to shift to third class , on refusal, he was deboarded and this incident would leave with what to come with more trials in later period of his life.
In South Africa, the condition of Indians mostly indentured labourers was unsuitable, restricted to particular location, termed coolies, to carry permits for inter region movements and annual payments of tax, made Bapu more resolve to fight for their rights and finally through his first experiment with Satyagraha he would get the community their rights.
The later period of Bapu’s life would test his true character, his believe in truth and non violence.
The vow to remain Bramacharya, Sacrifice to Vegetarianism and self restraint through fasting were truly keeping in sync with what he believed.
In India, Bapu’s participation in Champaran and Kheda Satyagraha for the peasants, agitation against Rowlatt’s Bill, resolution for non- co-operation and practicing self-help through Khadi was many of the notable contribution of ‘Mahatma’.
To quote – ” The experiences and experiments have sustained me and given me great joy. But I know that I have still before me a difficult path to traverse.I must reduce myself to zero. So long as man does not of his own free will put himself Last among fellow creatures , there is no salvation for him. Ahimsa is the farthest limit of humility.
Ahimsa in mind, word and deed.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MAHATMA GANDHI (AUTOBIOGRAPHY)
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