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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

1887: Indian thinker, statesman and nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 - 1948), as a law student. (Photo by Henry Guttmann Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

In Photos: Mahatma Gandhi's exemplary life

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was shot dead on January 30, 1948, having been the driving force behind India’s attainment of independence from Imperialistic powers. He was known the world over for his unflinching adherence to the principles of ahimsa, satyagraha and passive resistance. Here are some vignettes from the Mahatma’s exemplary life.