Gandhi was born in 1869, and was the son of the prime minister of Porbandar, a coastal city in the Indian state of Gujaret. Gandhi is best known for leading India to independence from British rule by using mass non-violent civil disobedience.
Gandhi encountered racism, prejudice and discrimination against Indians in both South Africa and in India. It was in South Africa where Gandhi had his first success in uniting the Indian people against those who discriminated against them. He called upon and challenged his fellow Indians to defy authority through non-violent protest rather than by using violence.
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