Meet the world’s most famous pacifist
An inspirational and iconic champion of non violent resistance, Gandhi was instrumental in leading India to free itself from the British Empire. Not content just to fight for independence, Gandhi campaigned tirelessly against poverty and caste discrimination as well as championing the liberation of women, religious tolerance and economic sustainability for his beloved homeland.
1869: Born in Porbandar, Gujurat, India
1882: Marries Kasturba Makhanji
1888: Enrolls at University College, London to study law
1893: Moves to South Africa where he suffers racial attacks.
1906: Begins campaign of non violent resistance against attacks on Indians
1914: Returns to India
1930: Leads 165mile march to protest against Britain’s salt monopoly
1932: Fasts until a pact is made improving the status of ‘untouchables’
1947: India becomes free from 200 years of British rule
1948: Assassinated by a Hindu extremist