#DailyBookQuote : 13th May 2014
– M K Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948)
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was the preeminent Indian nationalist leader of British-ruled India. Employing non-violent civil disobedience, Gandhi successfully led India’s struggle to Freedom from Colonial rule. His peaceful method of independence struggle inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world. The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was born and raised in a Hindu family of coastal Gujarat, and trained in law in London. Gandhi became famous by fighting for the civil rights of the expatriates from India and native Black population in South Africa which was ruled by minority White Europeans, using new techniques of non-violent civil disobedience that he developed. As he started to became a pain for the racially discriminating South African Govt. of those days, he was asked to leave the country and he returning to India in 1915. He was already a hero for the people engaged in Independence struggle for India, and was made the leader of the Indian National Congress in 1921. Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women’s rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, increasing economic self-reliance, and above all for achieving Swaraj – independence of India from British colonial rule.
Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most inspiring figures of our time not only in India but across the world. In this book, which is like his autobiography he recounts the story of his life and how he developed the various concept which became the basic features of his life e.g. Non-Violence, Respect for all Faiths and religions, Gender equality and service of the poor to uplift those who are socially and economically weak.