I was born in Porbandar on October 2nd, 1869. My father was prime minister of Porbandar at the time and my mother was a devoted practitioner of Vaishnavism in which she prayed for non-violence and self-discipline. By the age of 19 I was off to college to study law in London and would return to my home country of India in mid-1891.
Upon my return I attempted to set up a law practice in Bombay, but was met by a bit of early failure. Not much long after that I accepted a position with an Indian firm that sent him to its office in South Africa. My beautiful wife Kasturbai, our children, and I remained in South Africa for nearly 20 years.
There in Africa, I had been appalled at all the ever so obvious racial segregation and tension between races. Some examples of ways I tried to combat the issue was not removing my turban by simply refusing and leaving the courthouse as well as not giving up my first class seat on a train where I was beaten by a white stagecoach driver and thrown off the train. From that point on, I decided that I would become an advocate for passive resistance as a way to coupe with authorities.
In 1906, after the Transvaal government passed an ordinance regarding the registration of its Indian population, Gandhi led a campaign of civil disobedience that would last for the next eight years. In the final year, hundreds of Indians living in South Africa were imprisoned, flogged and even shot. I took action by negotiating with the South African government to get Indians marriage rights and abolition of poll tax. I will leave South Africa in 1914 to come back home to India to help my homeland in their time of need.
I had supported the British in WWI but remained opposed to British rule over India. In 1919 I launched an organized campaign that opposed the Rowlatt Acts through the use of passive resistance. These Rowlatt Acts gave British authority to use violence to suppress mischievous activity. This campaign eventually leads to violence breaking out with the massacre of some 400 Indians at a meeting at Amristar. By the year 1920, I had become the most visible character in the Indian Independence movement.
With this new found leadership, I knew that in order to gain independence from Britain, us as Indians must show that we are capable of living on our own. In order to do this, I devised a plan called the homespun movement. During this movement, Indians will be forced to make their own clothing out of their own cloth as well as other textiles which they would manufacture themselves. I also learned that I had been head of mostly all of India, therefore I had turned the movement I cared most for and turned it into a huge organization leading British manufacturing Boycotts, as well as British schools and legislative buildings.
Being the leader of such a widespread movement and crazed believer in gaining independence for my people, I had to take extreme measures as to let my people use violence and me sustain from the movement by getting arrested and sentenced six years in prison. Even when I did get released from captivity I remained absent from the movement until 1930. In 1930 I launched another civil disobedience feat called the salt march protesting Britain's tax on salt which severely affected the poorest of the Indians.
In 1931 I was called to the Round Table Conference in London and when I came back I began to fast after I had been immediately arrested by the new aggressive colonial government. This started an uproar within all of my followers resulting in swift reforms by the Hindu community and the government. I retired from politics in 1934 and began to focus more on rural communities. I once again was pulled into the political fray and was head of the INC again. I issued an agreement with Britain stating that we would help them in WWII if they would just set us free. Instead they imprisoned all Congress leadership.
Fast forwarding to 1947, Britain grants India independence but the country would be split into two dominions called India and Pakistan. I completely opposed the partition but I had to take the independence from Britain in hopes to settle the differences between Muslims and Hindus at a later date. In order to do this I had went on multiple fasts to try and end tension between the two groups and am still on one as we speak. I will be attending a prayer meeting tonight in Delhi. Always gotta keep my wits about me nowadays but we all will die someday.