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Although short in stature he stood for towering ideals among them political liberty social justice and religious tolerance In an age of empire and military might writes Johanna McGeary of TIME magazine he proved that the powerless had power and that force of arms would not forever prevail against force of spirit McGeary 1 His full name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi but he was known popularly as Mahatma or Great Soul Mark Shepard a journalist specializing in Gandhis life and method of nonviolence describes the title of Mahatma as somewhere between a saint and a Messiah and in many respects that description fits Gandhi well Shepard 1 Considered the founding father of modern India Gandhi not only helped bring about Indias independence but also inspired countless people around the world to struggle nonviolently for their own freedom He remains to this day the greatest advocate of nonviolent protest the world has ever seen Since his death numerous democratic and anti-racist activists including Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela have applied his principle of Satyagraha or truth force with great success All told Gandhi was and forever will be Indias Great Soul--a blazing testament to the indomitable power of truth love and faith Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born into a Hindu family in the town of Porbandar in Gujarat India on October 2 1869 As the descendant of traders the word Gandhi means grocer and the son of the dewan or Chief Minister of Porbandar Gandhi was considered to be a member of the Vaishya or merchant caste in Hindu society Mahatma Gandhi 1 Despite his relatively comfortable background however Gandhi would come to dedicate his life to eradicating the unjust social and economic aspects of the caste system especially for the untouchables--who were considered to be outside of and below the caste hierarchy At the age of 19 Gandhi went to study law at the University of College London in England There he read
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