My favourite leader is Mahatma Gandhi. His full name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The word ‘mahatma’ (great soul) was conferred upon him by his great friend, Rabindranath Tagore, the great Indian poet.
Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1869, at Porbandar in Gujarat. He had his education in India, and then went to study Law in London. And he became a barrister. He practiced law for few years in South Africa. Then Mahatma Gandhi returned to India and joined the Indian National Congress.
He participated in the freedom movement in India. He introduced a new method of non-violence, non-cooperation into the movement, considering the helplessness of his unarmed poor countrymen.
Mahatma Gandhi organized mass movement in India, and went to jail several times in his life. In 1942, he began his historic ‘Quit India’ movement and bravely faced all kinds of odds. After long struggle, India won its freedom in 1947.
After the partition of India, Gandhi Ji worked for Hindu-Muslim unity. On 30th January 1948, Nathu Ram Godse, a Hindu fundamentalist, shot him dead for his sympathy towards the Muslim Community.
The Indians pay homage to this great leader on his birthday. And I consider Mahatma Gandhi as the greatest leader of I India.