Who was Mahatma Gandhi?

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Mahatma Gandhi was one of the most famous freedom fighters in the history of mankind. He led India in its struggle for freedom against the British rule. India and the rest of the world remember him fondly as Gandhiji or Mahatma Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi was born as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2nd 1869 in Porbandar,Gujarat. When he grew, Gandhiji traveled to London to study law after which he accepted a job in South Africa. During a train travel in South Africa, on request of a white passenger, Gandhiji was thrown out of a train even though he had a first class ticket. He then decided he would never tolerate racial discrimination at the hands of white people.

Gandhiji returned to India and became very involved in the India’s  freedom struggle against British rulers. He always followed non-violent methods of protests like fasts and marches. His most famous march was ‘Dandi march‘ to protest against Britishers for making simple thing like ‘salt’ expensive.

Gandhiji  promoted ‘Cottage industries’ which meant small groups of people working from home making their own clothes. He felt it was unfair on the part of British Government that they bought raw cotton at low prices from Indian farmers. Then they manufactured cotton clothes in their factories only to sell them back to Indians at very high price.

Mahatma Gandhi later launched the ‘Quit India movement’ against the British. Finally, India received independence on 15th August 1947  from the British.

He is dearly known by all Indians as “Bapu” and also  “Father of the nation.


  1. I really needed this for school work because in re we are learning about if one of the saints were are lost ancestor. And we had to write a interview so this really helped deffo tell my friends about this site

  2. i need this for a english project/lecture and this website helped me a lot in many ways and my role model is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi by the way that is gandhi’s real name because Mahatma in hindi actually means great soul so in english his real nickname great soul gandhi

  3. i have a paper to write for social studies class, but this site gives most info that ive not seen. lots i have seen. still good site. i chose gandhi for the paper.

  4. I love what Gandhi did and how he got the black and white people together.I am learning about him in school so this will give me some help.
    Lots of love,Evie

  5. In school we were doing the topic in history- Gandhiji leads the nation and we learnt about how we got freedom. Could you please write about Bhagat Singh and General Dyer and MORE about Mahatma Gandhii? I think Nathuram Godsey killed him on 30th January 1948. Curse him. But fortunately Gandhiji was old and could die in peace knowing that he’d helped many Indians and South Africans get their freedom!
    Jai Hind!

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