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Gandhi: The apostle of peace and non-violence

  • Gurjit Singh

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 2 2012   /  09:09 am

Today we remember a great human being, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, or Mahatma Gandhi. As we commemorate the 143rd anniversary of the birth of this apostle of peace and non-violence, we also mark the 106th anniversary of the launch of Satyagraha, a movement of peaceful resistance, which was founded in South Africa on Sept. 11, 1906.  

This movement created a sequence of events that had hitherto not been seen in human history and it ultimately led to the political liberation and creation of representative democracy in India, South Africa and in many post-colonial and other developing countries.

Mahatma Gandhi came from a family of modest means, which lived in the state of Gujarat of India.  He was the son of a senior government official. Born on Oct. 2, 1869, he studied in a local school and college. He traveled to London in 1888 to study law at University College ...