Mahatma Gandhi was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on October 2, 1869 in a Hindu Bania community off the coast of Gujarat. The son of a senior government official, Gandhi was trained in law in London and was the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India. While the rest of the world was using power and war as their political force, Mahatma Gandhi was known for his passionate movements of non-violence which led India to its independence. Gandhi used those same unheard of techniques to fight for Muslims and Hindus in South Africa. In 1921, Gandhi assumed leadership of the Indian National Congress and began leading nationwide campaigns for women’s rights, easing poverty, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, increasing self-reliance, and achieving India’s independence from British domination. Mahatma Gandhi was apart of many protest including Dandi Salt March in 1930 and the quit India campaign in 1942 during WWII. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on Jan 30, 1948 which is known as Martyr Day in India. His birthday however, is nationally known as the International Day of Non-Violence. Gandhi’s methods were by no means theoretical, but he proved that peace can be as strong of a weapon as war. Today we honor his life and thank him for his TruStatement.