Mahatma Gandhi

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What made Gandhi such a unique person?

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Mahatma Gandhi is considered unique because of his insistence on nonviolent resistance to injustice, which, in his case included both his own personal trials and tribulations as a person of color in South Africa and, later, as a leader of India's independence movement.

A lawyer by training, Gandhi, who had been born in his native India, had relocated to South Africa for the Indian law firm for which he worked.  Once there, he was face-to-face on a daily basis with overt discrimination against blacks, coloreds (mixed-race and South Asian), and Muslims.  One of the defining moments of his life was when he was physically ejected from a train for refusing to vacate his seat in first class, a demand made of him by the racist train company.  That was the start of his own personal battle with racism, which continued throughout his years in South Africa.

As white-ruled South Africa, then a British colony, continued to institutionalize racist polices,...

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