Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Mahatma Gandhi, LLB Biography

Title:
Leader of the Indian Independence Movement
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“By birth I am a Vaishnavite [a follower of Vishnu], and was taught Ahimsa in my childhood… In its negative form, it [Ahimsa] means not injuring any living being, whether by body or mind. I may not therefore hurt the person of any wrong-doer, or bear any ill will to him and so cause him mental suffering.”

Letter in the Modern Review, Oct. 16, 1916

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Leader, campaign for Indian independence from British colonial rule
  • Leader, Quit India Movement, 1942
  • Leader, Salt Satyagraha (non-violent protest of British salt tax), 1930
  • Presided over the Belgaum Congress, Dec. 1924
  • Started 21 day fast for Hindu-Muslim unity, Sep. 17, 1924
  • Founder, Satyagraha Ashram, 1915
  • Founder and Editor, Indian Opinion, 1904
  • Founder, Transvaal British India Association, 1903
  • Joined Ambulance Corps during Boer War, Oct. 17, 1899
  • Founder, Natal Indian Congress, Aug. 22, 1894
  • Lawyer, South Africa, 1893
  • Admitted to the British bar, 1891
Education:
  • LLB, University College, London
Other:
  • Born Oct. 2, 1869 in Porbandar, India; died Jan. 30, 1948
  • Known as “Father of the Nation” of India
Quoted in:
  1. Does Hinduism Support the Death Penalty?