When did Gandhiji enter Indian politics?

Road renaming

Mahatma Gandhi Square

District: 22. District of Aubing-Lochhausen-Langwied

Decision of 06.07.2017

Street key: 06711

Explanation of the name

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (known by the honorary name Mahatma, which means "great soul" in Sanskrit), born October 2nd, 1869 in Porbandar, died January 30th, 1948 in New Delhi, Indian lawyer, publicist, ascetic, pacifist, resistance fighter, human and Civil rights activist. Gandhi's family belonged to the merchant caste, which represents the social and political upper class in India. Against the will of the family, he studied law in London from 1888. During this time he dealt a lot with the political and social currents in England and devoted himself to religious literature. In 1891 he returned to India and worked there as a lawyer, in 1893 he went to South Africa for professional reasons. There he learned about the effects of racial discrimination (apartheid) and in the following years campaigned effectively for equality for the Indian minority in South Africa. From 1914 he lived in India again, in 1915 he joined the Indian National Congress (INC) and a year later he gave his first public speech in India. Until the end of his life, he first campaigned for India's independence from Great Britain, which was proclaimed in 1947, for human rights and the equality of religions. A milestone was the Salt March in early March 1930, a campaign of civil disobedience that opposed the salt tax and the ordinance that Indian citizens are not allowed to produce or sell salt. Gandhi always advocated non-violence, and non-violent resistance characterized all of his actions. He lived ascetic and self-imposed, strict ethical and moral principles. From 1921 he dressed in solidarity for the poorest of the poor only in a loincloth. In 1948, at the age of 78, Gandhi was assassinated by a fanatical, nationalist Hindu.


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