Mahatma Gandhi; In a Gentle Way You Can Shake the World. Mahatma Gandhi, born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, India, was a legendary leader in India’s fight for independence from British rule. He advocated for nonviolence, truth, and civil disobedience as powerful tools for change, coining the term “Satyagraha” to symbolize this approach. His leadership was instrumental in India gaining independence in 1947. Gandhi’s unwavering commitment to justice, equality, and human dignity earned him the title “Mahatma” or “Great Soul.” Even after his assassination on January 30, 1948, his legacy continues to inspire movements for peace, justice, and social change worldwide.