Category: Mahatma Gandhi

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Famous speeches by Mahatma Gandhi - Kashmir Issue discussed 4th January 1948
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Famous speeches by Mahatma Gandhi – Kashmir Issue discussed 4th January 1948

Today there is talk of war everywhere. Everyone fears a war breaking out between the two countries. If that happens it will be a calamity both for India and for Pakistan. India has written to the U.N. because whenever there is a fear of conflict anywhere the U.N. is asked to promote a settlement and […]

Mahatma Gandhi's Fifth Principle - Simplicity
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Mahatma Gandhi's Fifth Principle – Simplicity

Gandhi earnestly believed that a person involved in social service should lead a simple life which he thought could lead to Brahmacharya. His simplicity began by renouncing the western lifestyle he was leading in South Africa. He called it “reducing himself to zero,” which entailed giving up unnecessary expenditure, embracing a simple lifestyle and washing […]

Mahatma Gandhi's Fourth Principle - Brahmacharya
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Mahatma Gandhi's Fourth Principle – Brahmacharya

When Gandhi was 16 his father became very ill. Being very devoted to his parents, he attended to his father at all times during his illness. However, one night, Gandhi’s uncle came to relieve Gandhi for a while. He retired to his bedroom where carnal desires overcame him and he made love to his wife. […]

Mahatma Gandhi's Third Principle - Vegetarianism
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Mahatma Gandhi's Third Principle – Vegetarianism

As a young child, Gandhi experimented with meat-eating. This was due partially to his inherent curiosity as well as his rather persuasive peer and friend Sheikh Mehtab. The idea of vegetarianism is deeply ingrained in Hindu and Jain traditions in India, and, in his native land of Gujarat, most Hindus were vegetarian and so are […]

Mahatma Gandhi's Second Principle - A Policy of Nonviolence
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Mahatma Gandhi's Second Principle – A Policy of Nonviolence

Mahatma Gandhi was in no way the originator of the principle of non-violence. But he was the first to apply it in the political field on a huge scale.[26] The concept of nonviolence (ahimsa) and nonresistance has a long history in Indian religious thought and has had many revivals in Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Jewish and […]

Mahatma Gandhi's first principle - Truth is God
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Mahatma Gandhi's first principle – Truth is God

Gandhi dedicated his life to the wider purpose of discovering truth, or Satya. He tried to achieve this by learning from his own mistakes and conducting experiments on himself. He called his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth.

Assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi - 30th January 1948
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Assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – 30th January 1948

On January 30, 1948, Gandhi was shot and killed while having his nightly public walk on the grounds of the Birla Bhavan (Birla House) in New Delhi. The assassin, Nathuram Godse, was a Hindu radical with links to the extremist Hindu Mahasabha, who held Gandhi responsible for weakening India by insisting upon a payment to […]

Mahatma Gandhi - Freedom and partition of India
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Mahatma Gandhi – Freedom and partition of India

Gandhi advised the Congress to reject the proposals the British Cabinet Mission offered in 1946, as he was deeply suspicious of the grouping proposed for Muslim-majority states—Gandhi viewed this as a precursor to partition. However, this became one of the few times the Congress broke from Gandhi’s advice (though not his leadership), as Nehru and […]

Mahatma Gandhi - Freedom and partition of India
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Mahatma Gandhi – Freedom and partition of India

Gandhi advised the Congress to reject the proposals the British Cabinet Mission offered in 1946, as he was deeply suspicious of the grouping proposed for Muslim-majority states—Gandhi viewed this as a precursor to partition. However, this became one of the few times the Congress broke from Gandhi’s advice (though not his leadership), as Nehru and […]

Mahatma Gandhi - World War II and Quit India
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Mahatma Gandhi – World War II and Quit India

World War II broke out in 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. Initially, Gandhi had favored offering “non-violent moral support” to the British effort, but other Congressional leaders were offended by the unilateral inclusion of India into the war, without consultation of the people’s representatives. All Congressmen elected to resign from office en masse. After […]