Life of Mohandas K. Gandhi

  • Mohandas Gandhi was born in Porbander, Gujarat.

  • Married to Kasturba at 13 years old.

  • Mohandas set sail for England to persue a degree in law.

    His mother made him promise to abstain from wine, women, and meat while he was abroad. He left his son and his wife behind in India. While he was in England he being involved people who were the fringe elements of society at the time.
  • Gandhi returns to India

    He finished his schooling and recieved his degree in law in London. He was called to the bar shortly before he returned to India. Mohandas had even enrolled in the High Court of London not long before leaving.
  • Gandhi accepts a job offer from a South African businessman.

    His first year of law practice was unsuccessful so he accepted the job of legal advisor to a businessman. This led him to South Africa for over twenty years. This brought him to an awareness of the terrifying force and fury of European racism, and how far Indians were from being considered full human beings because of the treatment he experienced first-hand. From this political awakening Gandhi was to emerge as the leader of the Indian community. Here was born his peaceful resistance.
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    Gandi's road to truth and peace began.

    His realization of how bad things were for those oppressed in South Africa made him make his own life into a series of trials that were designed to make the oppressed and the oppressor see the humanistic bond. He realized freedom is only freedom when it is invisible. During this time period he wrote several books about the injustices being done to his people, society, and all modernitity and so was concienved his peaceful resistance.
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    He returns to India to now travel and experience the hardships there.

    He returned not to leave the country again except for one short trip years later. He followed the advice of an advisor to travel India and experience the hardships and maltreatment others of his own people did. He traveled largely for one year and then after that remained local. There were two instances that Gandhi found himself intervening for the better and being successfull at it. These lent him the ability to quickly rise in the world national politics.
  • Became leader of the oppressive resistance legislation, known as the "Rowlatt's Act"

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    Gandhi expands his peaceful resistance from himself to other's around him.

    Gandhi started the non-cooperation movement, which asked Indians to withdraw from British institutions, to return honors conferred by the British, and to learn the art of self-reliance.
  • Gandhi is arrested on the charge of sedition and is senteced to 6 years.

  • Gandhi observed his first of many fasts from his prison cell.

    The fast was meant to protest Hindu-Muslim riots broke out at Kohat, a military barracks on the Northwest Frontier. He continued his fasting resistance over the years.
  • Gandhi was released from prison due to poor health.

  • Gandhi wrote a letter to the Viceroy that unless Indian demands were met he would be compelled to break the salt laws.

    When the Viceroy laughed it off and did nothing Gandhi led hundreds of thousands of people to the salt mines were he and his followers picked up clumps of salt, which the british monopolized the production sale of salt. It was these actions that led Irwin to hold talks with Gandhi and eventually call a British meeting to discuss the possible terms of Indian Independance.
  • Gandhi began his "Epic Fast to Death"

    This was in response to what he thought of "separate electorates" for the oppressed class of the untouchables as a oldschool measure meant to produce permanent divisions within Hindu society.
  • Gandhi moved to a remote village, Segaon, upholding his vow that if India did not gain independence he would move.

    The village had no electricity or running water. It was dead center India and extremely remote. Even as he removed himself many political leaders still made the long trek to meet with and talk to him.
  • Gandhi again called for Indian independance from the British on the grounds of August Kranti Maidan.

    He delivered a stirring speech that caused every Indian to lay down their life for the cause of freedom. He gave them the mantra "do or die." This caused Gandhi and practically every other Congress leadership to be arrested and put behind bars until the WWII was over.
  • Katsurba died shortly after being put into confinement with Gandhi.

    This was a terrible blow to Gandhi who also just had his secretary of many years die as well.
  • The moment of freedom came and Gandhi was nowhere to be found, though he were to be saluted at the capital as "father of the nation."

  • Gandhi was successfully assassinated after a few other failed attempts on his way to evening prayer.

    His attacker came up to him on the steps of his prayer and shot him three times in the chest. As Gandhi died, his hands still folded in greeting, he blessed his attacker. His time piece had struck the ground on his fall and the hands stopped at 5:12 PM. Gandhi was then no more but his memory and his legacy has lived on and will forever more.