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In Pictures: Mahatma Gandhi

The man who used peaceful protest to fight the British Empire and change the world: Mahatma Gandhi
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LIFE OF THE GREAT SOUL

AT A GLANCE

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is a truly global icon. In India, he will forever be the adored father of the nation, who led the struggle for independence from British rule and peacefully campaigned for his people’s civil rights. His philosophy of non-violent protest influenced the entire world throughout the 20th century, and enshrined his honoured title of Mahatma (‘Great Soul’) as one of the most easily recognised and revered names in history.

SYMBOLS OF A FREE INDIA

As leader of the independence movement, Gandhi adopts an ascetic lifestyle, rejecting material possessions and devoting himself to prayer and protest. As seen in this iconic shot from 1946, the 77-year-old dresses only in a loincloth (sometimes adding a shawl) so to identify with traditional Indian culture. The spinning wheel – or charkha – is another hugely important symbol, representing economic freedom for India and a boycotting of British goods.

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