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When I was asked to pick an Asian personality for my term paper, I immediately thought of Mahatma Gandhi, a person whose name was synonymous with India. I was intrigued because other than the common knowledge facts like he was a freedom fighter and a politician, I wanted to know who exactly this person was Where did he start What made this person click How did he become what he did become And where else would we find the answers than his own autobiography and in his own words I was not disappointed…
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is usually addressed as Mahatma Gandhi, "Mahatma" meaning "Great soul". He led India through its struggle to independence and has been rightfully called the "Father of the nation" or "Bapu, meaning Father" in India. He was a great visionary and in his thoughts and actions were far ahead of his times. He lived his life for his principles of simple living and high thinking. He wanted to follow "satya" or truth and ahimsa or non-violence.
In a world of crimes and death rows, he showed that spirituality and a deep concern for his fellow beings a can achieve a lot through the toughest of odds. In the Times Magazine, year 2000 Johanna McGreary, writes that, "In an age of empire and military might, he proved that the powerless had power and that force of arms would not forever prevail against force of spirit." Times magazine had nominated him as the runner up for the "Person of the Century".
Gandhiji's autobiography, "The Story of My Experiments with Truth" makes gripping reading and one cannot but be amazed at the humble beginnings and simple cir ...
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