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Where and when was Gandhi born?

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in Porbandar on October 2, 1869, a city on the west coast of Kathiawar peninsula in British India (now the Indian state of Gujarat). He was the youngest of four children born to Karamchand and Putlibai Gandhi; Karamchand also had two daughters from a previous marriage. His family on his father’s side had lived in the house where he was born since the 17th century. The males in the family, including Gandhi’s father, served as the chief ministers of the principality of Porbandar. His mother was descended from a family of wealthy local merchants. Talented and religious, she influenced her son greatly, despite his rebellious attitude as a youth, interested in going to England for his university education; such a choice violated the strict ritual prohibitions associated with his caste. His ancestral house is now part of Mahatma Gandhi’s national memorial, Kirti Mandir, which honors six religions in its architecture, incorporating Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, Christian, and Muslim features.

 

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