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Mohandas K Gandhi Mohandas Gandhi an Indian activist who used nonviolence peace and unity to establish an independent Indian nation The confidence and determination with which Gandhi lived the second half of his life was extremely different than his early years Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born October 2 1869 in Porbandar India the son of a statesman and his fourth wife As a young man he had a violent temper was very shy and self-conscious and was a less than average student At age thirteen while still in high school Gandhi married a young girl named Kasturbai Passionate and jealous Gandhi thought he was her superior and teacher it was only much later that he realized that it was Kasturbai through her patience and enduring love and forgiveness which had taught him much Gandhi went to college and after failing at every subject withdrew after only five months An uncle persuaded him to go to England to study law and after his family raised the money by selling many personal possessions including Kasturbais jewelry Gandhi left his wife and child to pursue his studies In London Gandhi maintained the vows he had given his mother to abstain from meat alcohol and women but while he found his law studies easy he remained lonely and socially inept After he returned to India Gandhi proved totally inadequate as a lawyer He was so self-conscious and awkward that no one would give him a case--the one time he did appear in court he could not utter a single word Feeling like a failure Gandhi was a offered a minor clerical position with a firm in South Africa and jumped at the chance While there he decided to work on improving his demeanor and approached the task with his customary dedication He learned some self-confidence in helping to resolve an out of court settlement for a bitter legal dispute involving his firm Gandhi began trying to approach
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