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In a small ivory-colored house in Porbandar on the coast of Kathiawad in western India Mohandas K Gandhi was born on October 2 1869 His parents were Karamchand and Putlibai Gandhi1 He was small and dark and looked no different from the millions of other children born in India Yet this was no ordinary child He was to fight and over-come a great empire and without taking to violence set his country free He was to be called the Mahatma or the Great Soul2 Having led his people to freedom he was to lay down his life for their sake At the age of seven he was sent to a primary school He was shy and did not mix easily with the other children His books were his only companions and he spent his free time alone reading Mohandas was only thirteen when he was told that he was soon to be married His parents had already chosen his bride The bride-to-be lived in Porbandar and her name was Kasturba After passing his high school examination Mohandas was to go to England to study and become a lawyer On September 4 1888 Mohandas left Bombay for England In London young Gandhi found everything around him strange His attempt to be an Englishman lasted only about three months then he gave up the idea3 He soon became a serious student and concentrated very hard on his studies On June 10 1891 he was called to the bar Gandhi was admitted as a lawyer and the next day was formally enrolled in the High Court The following day June 12 he sailed for India Gandhi after returning to India set up his practice as a lawyer in Rajkot Soon however he was disgusted with the greed and the pettiness that he found among the lawyers Gandhi realized that it was difficult for the poor and the humble to get away from such things It was then that
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