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Famous Indians of the 20th Century
Insights on Over 100 Famous Indians - From the Early Years to Achievements in Their Chosen Fields
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For people of all age groups, reading about the lives and times of great Indians is always inspiring and uplifting. This book presents insights on more than 100 famous Indians of the 20th Century. The...
For people of all age groups, reading about the lives and times of great Indians is always inspiring and uplifting. This book presents insights on more than 100 famous Indians of the 20th Century. The...
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  • For people of all age groups, reading about the lives and times of great Indians is always inspiring and uplifting. This book presents insights on more than 100 famous Indians of the 20th Century. The names include Gandhi, JP, Dr Zakir Hussain, JRD Tata, MS Oberoi, Ramnath Goenka, J C Bose, Homi Bhabha, Vinoba Bhave, Baba Amte, Mother Teresa, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, R K Narayan, Raja Ravi Varma, Amrita Shergil, Osho, J. Krishnamurti, Aurobindo, Satyajit Ray, Madhubala, V. Anand, Sam Manekshaw, Salim Ali and V. Kurien, amongst others.

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  • FREEDOM FIGHTERS & STATESMEN

    Mahatma Gandhi

    Personality of the Millennium

    (1869–1948)

    Mahatma Gandhi shared the same disposition as Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Jesus and Ashoka. In the entire 20th century, there was none who could belittle Mahatma Gandhi's towering personality. But just as all luminaries come to earth with a purpose, Gandhiji came with the purpose of securing independence for India. It's a pity that though he delivered us from the bonds of servitude, he did not have the opportunity to enjoy the moments of glory. His dream of a united and strong India could not be fulfilled. It's ironical that Gandhiji did not live long enough to see the country stride on the path to progress. The simple man that he was, his immense charisma drew not only the rich towards him, but even inspired the poor.

    There is no denying the fact that Mahatma Gandhi is the personality of the millennium. Gandhiji was born on 2 October 1869 at Porbandar, Gujarat. His father, Karamchand Gandhi, was the diwan (chief minister) of Porbandar. He was not a highly qualified person, but was a good administrator and knew his job well. Gandhiji's mother, Putlibai, was a deeply religious lady and she influenced him a lot. It was her piety and truthfulness that made him forsake and oppose vice. He would readily accept it if he committed any wrong. Gandhiji was brought up on the religious tenets of Vaishnavism (worship of Lord Vishnu) and Jainism. Both the faiths advocated the principles of ahimsa or non-injury to all living beings. So he was brought up on the principles of non-violence, vegetarianism and tolerance.

    Gandhiji was an average student at school. Like every normal child, he had his share of childhood and adolescent escapades. But he resolved never to commit such transgressions and tried to improve himself. At the age of 13, he was married to Kasturba.

    In 1887, he was just able to clear his matriculation from the University of Bombay. Then he joined Samaldas College in Bhaunagar (now Bhavnagar). He was not happy in college because he had to take up English instead of Gujarati. So when his family gave him the proposal of going to England to study law, he jumped at it. Thereafter, he sailed to "a land of philosophers and poets, the very centre of civilisation" in September 1888 and joined the Inner Temple, one of the four London law colleges. He took up English and Latin earnestly but it was difficult for him to adjust to Western society, especially because of his vegetarianism. But he met people like Edward Carpenter, GB Shaw and Annie Besant, idealists who were instrumental in shaping his personality and inspiring him to take up the role of leading the freedom struggle in India.

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