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Mahatma Gandhi in Pictures

Updated on December 5, 2013

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi, also known as M.K. Gandhi or Bapu, was the leader of India's freedom movement. He inspired and lead millions of people of India to get freedom from British Rule in a non-violent way. He was not just a freedom fighter, but also a great philosopher. Although Gandhi is best known for his campaign for freedom of India, he worked for solving problems in various fields including social and economical issues like poverty, untouchability and religious conflicts. His thoughts on economy were village based. He was against industrialization. He lived in simplicity. His life was his message to the world. Many world leaders including Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela got inspired by Gandhi's thoughts. Here are some facts about Gandhi and and some rare photos of this great soul.

A smiling close up photograph of Gandhi
A smiling close up photograph of Gandhi | Source
Childhood Gandhi
Childhood Gandhi | Source
Young Gandhi (1906, London)
Young Gandhi (1906, London) | Source

A Brief Biography of Gandhi

Gandhi, aka Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1969 at Porbandar, a city in the present day state of Gujarat in India. He was Son of Karamchand and Putalibai. It was a Hindu family, but Gandhi's mother was a devotee Jain. As a result Gandhi was greatly influenced by Jainism.

Gandhi schooled from Alfred High School at Rajkot, Gujarat. He studied Indian Law from University College, London. and became a Barrister.

His attempted to practice law at Mumbai, but he did not get success. So he returned to Rajkot. He got a year long contract from an Indian firm to work as a legal representative in Natal, South Africa. While working as a legal representative of Indian Muslims and Hindus in South Africa, he faced discrimination which blacks and Indians were facing from the whites. Racism, prejudice and injustice against Indians and blacks in South Africa lead him to think and act on these problems. He extended his period of stay in South Africa and fought against discrimination against colored people for next 20 years.

Gandhi returned to India in 1915. He joined Indian National Congress, and became leader of it in 1920. Under his leadership, Indian National Congress declared the Independence of India which was not recognized by British. He declared Non-Co-Operation movement. AS 2nd World war broke, Gandhi demanded immediate freedom. He was sent to prison for many times for his demands and the agitations he lead.

Gandhi was supported by millions of common Indians as he was the person to give them a chance to take part in freedom movement. Finally, India got freedom under his leadership on 15th August 1947. He retired from politics, but on 30th January 1948, he was assassinated by an extremist.

Gandhi in traditional Indian dress (1915)
Gandhi in traditional Indian dress (1915) | Source

Disciples and Colleagues of Gandhi

Many talented persons from all over India joined freedom movement of India under the leadership of Gandhi. I would like to mention some of them here. Jawahar Lal Nehru, who later became first Prime Minister of India, Vallabh Bhai Patel, who later became first Home Minister of India, Subhash Chandra Bose, who fought against British rule by leading Indian National Army, Babu Rajendra Prasad, who later became first President of India, Chakaravarti Rajagopalachari, Sarojini Naidu, Khan Abdul Gafar Khan, Moulana Azad, Jai Prakash Narayan etc.

Gandhi and Nehru in serious mode. It was Quit India Movement in 1942. Nehru was one of the most important leaders of India's freedom movement. Later he became 1st Prime Minister of India.
Gandhi and Nehru in serious mode. It was Quit India Movement in 1942. Nehru was one of the most important leaders of India's freedom movement. Later he became 1st Prime Minister of India. | Source
Jawaharlal Nehru (left) and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel (right) with Gandhi. This photo was taken at All India Congress Committee meet in 1946.
Jawaharlal Nehru (left) and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel (right) with Gandhi. This photo was taken at All India Congress Committee meet in 1946.
Subhash Chadra Bose (right) with Gandhi
Subhash Chadra Bose (right) with Gandhi | Source
Gandhi wit Luis Mountbatten and Lady Mountbatten. Luis Mountbatten was Governor General of India.
Gandhi wit Luis Mountbatten and Lady Mountbatten. Luis Mountbatten was Governor General of India. | Source
Gandhi with his British disciple Miraben (Madeleine Slade) (right), and others.
Gandhi with his British disciple Miraben (Madeleine Slade) (right), and others. | Source
Charlie Chaplin  with Gandhi in a group photo. (Siting, left to Gandhi)
Charlie Chaplin with Gandhi in a group photo. (Siting, left to Gandhi) | Source
Gandhi with textile workers at Darwen, England. (1931)
Gandhi with textile workers at Darwen, England. (1931) | Source

© 2013 Mahaveer Sanglikar

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    amazmerizing 

    3 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

    Thank you so much for compiling these... the world has indeed suffered a huge loss

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    C E Clark 

    4 years ago from North Texas

    Mahatma Gandhi is one of the people I most admire and his teachings regarding how one should live one's life are so very relevant. What a better world we would have if everyone conducted themselves more like Gandhi. Sharing.

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    MG Singh 

    4 years ago from Singapore

    Interesting

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    C E Clark 

    4 years ago from North Texas

    Mahatma Gandhi was one of the world's great people and hopefully his wisdom will live on for a long, long time. Sharing.

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    Devika Primić 

    4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Mahatma Gandhi in Pictures is an interesting hub and the photos are beautiful.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    4 years ago

    Gandhi was a very powerful man and his life demonstrates what one person can do if they follow their dream. Great background and photos of this man.

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    Bill Holland 

    4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Wonderful information and pictures. Very interesting my friend.

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