Leadership As A Man Known As The Father Of Indian Independence

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Leadership is personified through a man known as the Father of Indian Independence, Mahatma (great soul), Father of the Nation, Bapu (papa), Gandhiji, and Gandhi.
Background
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India. His mother was deeply religious and frequently fasted due to religion. She was both self-disciplined and had strong commonsense. One of his father’s books, Shravana Pitribhakti Nataka, left a lasting impression of devotion to his parents. At 13 he was arranged marriage to Kasturbai. Gandhi and his mother served as caretakers for his father after he became ill. On the night that his father passed away, Gandhi had happily left his father’s side so that he could have relations with his pregnant wife. He was 16 at the time and he felt very ashamed that his lust deprived him the privilege of serving his father in his last moments. He reflected on the Shravana story of parental devotion that he held so high and felt deep shame that he had not performed similarly. At 19 he went to law school in England but only after vowing to his mother to not touch meat. During his time in England he learned about different religions and the customs and culture in London. In 1891 after he graduated, he returned to India. Upon he learned his mother had passed away while he was in school. His brother wanted to “spare him the blow while in a foreign land” so kept the news from him (Gandhi, p. 73). After unsuccessful employment experiences, he…

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