Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, later to be known as, Mahatma Gandhi, or "great soul," was born in 1869, a time of political struggle and British rule, to a high caste Indian family. In 1888, at the mere age of 19, Gandhi set sail for England, where he had decided to pursue a career in law (www.sscnet.ucla.edu). After a year of unsuccessful law practice, Gandhi traveled to South Africa to join a legal company. Gandhi was shocked when he encounteredfirst hand the extent of the European racism towards the Indians when he was thrown out of afirst-class train compartment, because of his skin color, though he had, in his possession, afirst-class ticket.( This incident only fueled his strive for independence and respect for the Indian people. Later, Gandhi would come to be known as one of the most influential men of all time, inspiring not only his own people, but also changing politics and international relations forever. Gandhi's influence and struggles based on revolutionary ideas of non-violent protests and resistance not only changed India's, as well as many other country's, policies and standard treatment towards lower-class citizens, but also influenced countless people to come.
Gandhifirst began using non violent resistance in South Africa and soon emerged as great the leader of the South African Indian community.His theories and practice of peaceful resistance (Satygraha) were revolutionary and soon had an enormous following. (www.sscnet.ucla.edu) Although Gandhi's disciples mainly included oppressed Indians, tired of their treatment from the British, whom at the time controlled much of the prosperous country, their power would not be denied. At the time, Indians could not own land, engage in trade, and were forced to pay high taxes to live in their native land. In many places, Indians weren't even allowed to vote.
In 1915, Gandhi returned from South Africa to his homeland, India.At t…