“What barrier is there that love cannot break?” (goodreads.com).This quote shows how Gandhi believes in peace, and how you can overcome anything without resorting to violence. Mahatma Gandhi is important to history and today because of his background and contributions. Gandhi was his mother’s favorite child and she had great plans for him. This fueled his ambition to become great and fulfill his mother’s dreams for him. The way Gandhi was raised throughout his childhood helped shape him into the man he would become.
Gandhi was born on October 2nd, 1869, in Porbandar India (Mahatma Gandhi 1282). Mahatma was the fourth child of the prime minister of the small city state of Porbandar. He was ...view middle of the document...
He was a vegetarian, which he thought distanced himself farther from his peers and colleagues. This led Gandhi to join the London vegetarian Society. The people in that group helped him and shaped him into the person he became. They shaped him almost as much as Leo Tolstoy did.
Leo Tolstoy probably had the largest influence upon Gandhi (The Prophet of Tolerance 115). Mahatma was very interested in his writings. Mahatma even corresponded with Leo. They both had great respect for each other and became friends. Mahatma’s greatest friend of his life though, was his wife, Kasturbai.
Mahatma married Kasturbai at the age of 13. (Mahatma Gandhi 1). He loved her dearly. Mohandas called her his better half (Gandhi the Man: How One Man Changed Himself to Change the World 184). Kasturbai was with Gandhi in everything he did. She was sometimes hesitant at first to some of his ideas, but was eventually his greatest supporter. His wife gave him lots of support, but the rest of his family did not always do the same.
Gandhi’s family was difficult (Mahatma Gandhi 1). His children were often very rebellious. They felt that they had to always be perfect and they didn’t want to have to live up to his ideals. He had four children. Their names were Harilal, Manilal, Devdas, and Ramdas. As many family members as he had, he seemed to have even more friends.
Mahatma seemed to befriend many people. He was kind and welcoming. He often let co-workers and others stay in his home (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 5). For as many friends as he had, he seemed to have that many enemies too. Not everyone agreed with his peaceful views. Even if Gandhi had critics, his contributions to the world were still amazing.
Gandhi initially did not start out in Politics. He actually had bad stage fright when he talked in front of large groups. “He blossomed almost overnight into a proficient political campaigner”. He drafted petitions, met leaders, launched satyagrahas, and many other things. Mahatma was a member of the congress party and had some of the most influence on his people any political leader has ever had. Gandhi did this all while being peaceful.
Gandhi would approach problems by announcing satyagrahas (peaceful resistance) and sometimes fasting. He was a master of fixing problems without violence. He taught how to change violent situations into peaceful ones (Mahatma Gandhi on Violence and Peace Education 298). Even when a group of men attacked Gandhi, he did not persecute them (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi). These great traits caused many people to look up to him, and view him as a great leader.
Gandhi emerged as a great leader of India. He convinced many of the other leaders to try to solve problems peacefully and made other huge impacts on the government. When he was jailed the political landscape dramatically changed. He contributed to the society so much it just wasn’t the same without him. Gandhi spent a lot of his time in politics, but his religion was what he valued...