Life and Works of Mahatma Gandhi

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In the early 1600's sailors from Great Britain made their way to India. At that time India was a country rich in traditions and culture thousands of years old. The British Empire took control of the government of India and forever changed the face of that country. Ancient traditions and religions were thrown out, made illegal by ruthless British generals eager to make India another England. As you can well imagine, the native people of India suffered greatly, seeing their way of life trampled under the British desire to "Civilize" their country.

For the longest time, nobody in India successfully fought back against the British and the oppression they brought with them. This all changed when a small man born in the ancient city of Porbandar in 1869 stood up and said "Enough!" This man became known the world over as Gandhi, the mahatma or "Great Soul" of India.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi showed little sign of the great life he would go on to live.

He went to school, was married and later became a rather unsuccessful, terribly shy lawyer. All of this changed, however, one fateful day when Gandhi was denied a seat on a stagecoach in South Africa. The racist driver had made him sit outside in the hot sun on a long trip to Pretoria, simply because he wasn't white. Gandhi, until now too shy to even speak in front of a judge, sued the railroad company and won. From that point on, Gandhi became the number one spokesman for all powerless non-whites the world over.

After twenty years of aiding his fellow Indians in South Africa, Gandhi returned to India and picked up the fight against British oppression. But instead of encouraging native-born Indians to take up arms and force the British colonists out of their...