From the Author
"I believe it to be possible for every human being to attain that blessed and indescribable state in which he feels within himself the presence of God." --Mohandas K. Gandhi
About the Author
Mahatma Gandhi, the father of Indian independence, is also regarded by many as a Hindu saint. Born in Porbandar in 1869, the youngest son of a provincial royal administrator, he received a law degree in London. Struggling in his efforts to establish a legal career in India, he moved to South Africa, where his practice flourished. He took the lead in a successful movement to guarantee basic human rights to Indian nationals in South Africa, in the process developing a revolutionary form of nonviolent resistance, which he named satyagraha, truth force.
In 1915, Gandhi returned to India, where he ultimately took a leading role in freeing the subcontinent from British rule. For nearly four decades, he opposed colonial oppression by implementing mass civil disobedience actions, leading marches, undergoing personal fasts, and preaching nonviolence and racial and religious equality. He achieved worldwide recognition not only as a political activist, but also as a religious teacher whose convictions dissolved cultural and institutional borders. He was assassinated in 1948 by a Hindu fundamentalist, five months after the establishment of Indian independence.