Is the description of Gandhi as the "Father of the Indian nation" an appropriate one?Consider his role in and contribution to shaping Indian nationalism

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If one considers this epithet "Father of the Indian Nation" as the one person who was most effective in creating the modern independent nation of India, who else can this person be but Muhandas Mathama Gandhi?  For, Gandhi struggled to unite all classes and castes, campaigning for the emancipation of the "untouchables," and he worked to unite the Hindus and Muslims and Christians of India. With nonviolent protest and civil disobedience, satyagraha, Gandhi worked long and hard against the forces of imperialistic rule of Great Britain until August, 1947, when the Indian Independence Act was invoked and 12.5 million people in the British Indian Empire were displaced.

Gandhi dedicated his life to his people and to truth.  He wrote,

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.