Much has been written about the accomplishments and exploits of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from spiritual, biographical, and philosophical perspectives, with the totality of the man providing a colossal depth of character to marvel at and revere.
Born on October 2, 1869 in the town of Porbandar the young Gandhi quickly became attracted to classic Indian stories from sources like the Mahabharata, whose powerful and cosmic narrative would influence him for the rest of his life, particularly through the virtue of non-violence, or Ahimsa, espoused in the epic work. Perceptive calculation and a dutiful sense of equality for the people of his homeland would become inseparably intertwined with his being, and the seeds of revolution that sprang from Gandhi’s insightful mind would have a resounding, international impact.
One of the most significant accomplishments of Gandhi was his commanding leadership of the successful campaign to gain India independence from British rule, thus guiding the journey that would set his people on their way to Swaraj- the beginning of self-determination and freedom from foreign dominance and oppression. Key to this campaign was Gandhi’s embrace of Ahimsa, a concept he employed steadfastly and that allowed him to create a strong coalition of followers and supporters. It is this very ideal that exists at the core of the Gandhi Peace Award and the main factor considered for those selected to receive it.
Mohatma Gandhi did not assume his title nor his roles as a procurer of peace and resourceful activist instantaneously. With his legal work and actions against racism and injustice in South Africa serving as a major time of development it took decades of meditation, education, and organizing before he became the capable leader that inspired and attracted others to his shared cause for independence in his homeland. After casting off imperialism Gandhi tirelessly pursued a better world for his people where tranquility and opportunity existed regardless of religious or ethnic background, and his assassination in 1948 did nothing to cease his influence upon countless and current generations of people across the world.
As a person that strove to unite the society he lived in through his embrace of non-violent resistance and the belief that peace is the ultimate summit for humanity Gandhi’s enduring legacy will forever resound throughout time and history.
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