15. GANDHI: The right state of mind
Mohandas ‘Mahatma’ Gandhi (1869-1948) was an inspirational dude if there ever was one. His 50 year crusade for oppressed Indians started in South Africa, where he worked as a lawyer and witnessed the terrible racism directed at South-African Indians. Just 24 years-old when he moved there, Gandhi would stay for 21 years, forming a political party and transforming the directionless Indian community into a united force. During his stay, Gandhi developed his system of non-violence and Satyagraha, the belief that moral power will overcome physical force. On his return to India, he was viewed as a hero and eventually became the leader for Indian independence. What followed was a 30 year struggle against the ruling British that culminated in the Indian Independence Act in 1947. Gandhi was assassinated just a few months later.