Gandhy, the Great Soul

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“The Indian nation called him Gandhiji ‘Mahatma’, meaning Great Soul.” (Indian Child. n.d. P1) One of the most respected spiritual and political leader during the 1900’s; Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is honored by the people of India as the father of their Nation.
Mahatma Gandhi was a man that possessed many tactful qualities and skills from a young age. His leadership style is not one in particular, but one that would describe him best would be the “Transformational or Charismatic style of leadership” People will follow a person who inspires them.   A person with a vision and passion can achieve great things.   This enthusiasm and energy is passed along.  
He dedicated his entire life to the freedom of his people through spiritual leadership. His long term vision, courage, self-confidence and strong principles of righteousness made him one of the greatest inspirational leaders of his time.   This is a man who practiced what he preached.   Although, non-violent teachings are taught in Indian culture, Gandhi’s use of these principles illustrated the correct way of rebelling against injustice. This new way of thinking was unheard of at the time.   He showed perseverance as a leader because no matter how many times others would put him down he’d continue to fight and stand up for what he knew was right.
Gandhi studied law in London. In 1893, at the age of 24 he took on a one year contract with an Indian firm for legal work in South Africa. During this time, South Africa was under British control; Gandhi many times witnessed the constant discrimination directed not only to blacks but also Indians. It has been acknowledged by
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several biographers as the turning point in his life. Experiencing racism, prejudice and injustice against Indians in South Africa first hand led him to become a social activist. He started to question the status of his people as well as his own place in society.
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