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Throughout history most national heroes have been warriors but Gandhi was a passive and peaceful preacher of morals ethics and beliefs He was an outsider who ended British rule over India without striking a blow Moreover Gandhi was not skillful with any unusual artistic scholarly or scientific talents He never earned a degree or received any special academic honors He was never a candidate in an election or a member of government Yet when he died in 1948 practically the whole world mourned him Einstein said in his tribute Gandhi demonstrated that a powerful human following can be assembled not only through the cunning game of the usual political maneuvers and trickery but through the cogent example of a morally superior conduct of life Other tributes compared Gandhi to Socrates to Buddha to Jesus and to Saint Fancis of AssisiThe life of Mahatma great soul Gandhi is very documented Certainly it was an extraordinary life poking at the ancient Hindu religion and culture and modern revolutionary ideas about politics and society an unusual combination of perceptions and values Gandhis life was filled with contradictions He was described as a gentle man who was an outsider but also as a godly and almost mystical person but he had a great determination Nothing could change his convictions Some called him a master politician others called him a saint and millions of Indians called him Mahatma or Bapu father I on the other hand call him extraordinarily greatGandhis life was devoted to a search for truth He believed that truth could be known only through tolerance and concern for others and that finding a truthful way to solutions required constant attention He dedicated himself to truth to nonviolence to purity to poverty to scripture reading to humility to honesty and to fearlessness He called his autobiography My Experiments with Truth Gandhi overcame fear in himself and taught others to master fear He believed in Ahimsa nonviolence and taught
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