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There are many people who have greatly influenced the lives of other people These people are regarded as Semi Gods in their country They have endured great hardships to help their country One such person is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi Gandhi is famous for his method of direct social action based on nonviolence and truth called Satyagraha He believed that the way people behave is more important than what they achieved Satyagraha promoted non violence and civil disobedience Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi popularly known as the Mahatma a Divine Soul emerged as the leader of the Indian National Congress Gandhi was born on October 2 1869 in Porbandar India He became one of the most respected spiritual and political leaders of the 1900s Gandhi helped free the Indian people from British rule through nonviolent resistance and is honored by his people as the father of the Indian Nation His father died before Gandhi could finish his schooling and at thirteen he was married to Kasturba who was even younger In 1888 Gandhi set sail for Englandwhere he had decided to pursue a degree in law Though his elders objectedGandhi could not be prevented from leaving After one year of a none too successful law practice Gandhi decided to accept an offer from an Indian businessman in South Africa Dada Abdulla to join him as a legal adviser The Indians who were living in South Africa were without political rights During his stay in South Africa Gandhi became aware of European racism Gandhi returned to India in early 1915 He traveled widely for one year Over the next few years he was to become involved in numerous local struggles such as at Champaran in Bihar where workers on indigo plantations complained of difficult working conditions and at Ahmedabad where a dispute had broken out between management and workers at textile mills His interventions earned Gandhi a considerable reputation Over the next two years
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