"An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."
-Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi. Gandhi believed in that quote strongly, and he lead India and fought for his rights and finally got his freedom after decades of peacefully fighting against Britain. India is in eternal debt to him, and so is the rest of the world. He inspired people all over the globe like Martin Luther King Jr. and others to fight for what they thought was right peacefully.
Mahatma Gandhi was always a peaceful and quiet man. His nickname, Mahatma, given to him by his Indian followers, means Great Souled One. He was born on October 2nd 1869 in Porbandar, India, and married at the age of 13. Gandhi’s life wasn’t all about civil rights. Before he became a civil rights leader he was the first “colored” man to become a lawyer in South Africa’s Supreme Court, his career in law brought little success to him, though. He went to London and attended college at 19.
Gandhi cared a lot about his people, and when Britain's control over India got out of hand, he couldn't stand watching them get treated unfairly. Gandhi did something about it. A few things he did are: he fasted to show people how much he wanted India's freedom, he marched with other Indians to get salt from the ocean instead of getting salt that was harshly taxed and imported from Britain, and while doing so, he risked his life, and he was arrested 3 times for civil disobedience, each for very long increments of time. The last time he went to jail, it was planned for him to stay for 6 years, but lucky for him, he had a surgery and had to be released early. After he was released, he retired from civil disobedience and concentrated on small communities in India that were still struggling with their own rights.
Gandhi inspired many people. One of the more major people he inspired was Martin Luther King Jr.. MLK wanted rights for African Americans. He saw how Gandhi handled working with unfair people, and thought his way was the right way. As it turned out, it was. Both men got what they wanted, which was the rights that their people deserved.
Before Gandhi’s time as a civil-rights activist, India was stuck working for Britain and getting beaten by them. While Gandhi was around, he showed them that nonviolence was the way to go when you wanted something. For example, Muslims and Hindus were at war and Gandhi didn’t like it, instead of going off and fighting to stop them, he fasted.
Gandhi was an all around inspiring man. He inspired millions, not only other inspirational speakers, but everyday people like you or I. And he cared about what he believed in. Though he was killed by a fanatic named Nathuram Godse, his nonviolent actions and words still continued on. In his lifetime, he lead India to their civil rights, inspired people to believe in peace.