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Satyagraha Meaning force or firmness of truth Mohandas Gandhi worked and lived by this word By peaceful non-violent demonstrations he little by little took hold of the people of Indias love and honor and freed them from British rule This is his story On October 2 1869 in Porbandar India a region of Queen Victoria Mohandas Gandhi was born to Kaba Gandhi and his wife Although his father Kaba was the chief Minister for the Maharaja of Porbandar he and his family lived in a small house and belonged to a Hindu caste of merchants called banjas As he grew Mohandas became a small shy and skinny boy afraid of others opinions He never spoke out but although he was never a clever child others weresurprised by his gentleness At the age of thirteen he was married to Kastaurbai a pretty yet strongwilled girl of the same caste He would now live with his wifeinstead of his mother and father whom he had cared for for so long Before this Mohandas had told lies had smoked and had eaten meat which was strictly forbidden of Hindus Now suddenly he felt guilty and that he had hurt himself and in some ways those who he cared for So in desperation he told his father and they cried together One year later Kaba Gandhi died Mohandas was sixteen At eighteen he traveled to England to study law and secretly tosee for himself what made the English so powerful He enrolled in acollege of law but quit after one term He felt that he didnt fitin so he studied the Standard Elocutionist for use and knowledgeof proper ettiquitte After a while he quit this also because he sawno use anymore Quitting became a popular theme in his early life Sometimes he quit because he was bored with something and just grewout of it or sometimes when he just couldnt accomplish anything For example he took
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