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Gandhi Voice of a New Age Revolution Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2 1869 in Porbandar a town on the Arabian Sea coast of India He received the name Mahatma Great Soul later in his life His family was a family of politicians he said always involved in secret alliances and mutual promotions He was somewhat afraid of his father though he respected him all the same His relationship with his mother was unusually close and her hopes for him very high She-as well as his father-saw something remarkable in him He was a rather shy child and hated to be a part of a crowd of other boys At the age of 13 Gandhi married and experienced a period of active rebellion against his parents religion and society He recovered from this phase and passed the entrance examination to Samaldas College in Bhavnagar He had to improve his English there in order to follow the lectures In 1888 he went to England to join the Inner Temple a law college in London In London he became involved with a group of idealists and rebels among them Annie Besant George Bernard Shaw Tolstoy and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Here he learned of vegetarianism and was persuaded of the wrongness of eating meat This change was very important because it initiated many others Among these are beliefs in ahimsa the practice of never causing harm to any living being fasting and non-violent resistance Also the concept of satyagraha or soul-force played an essential role in Gandhis belief that it was only through love and non-violence that humans are truly capable of overcoming the opposition no matter how brutal it might be In 1891 Gandhi returned to India with a barristers degree He was met with little success and so he took the opportunity of a years contract with an Indian firm in South Africa Gandhi remained there to unite the Indian community and help
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