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Satyagraha House

While he’s most famously known as the leader of India’s independence movement, Mohandas Gandhi (later to be known as Mahatma, or “great soul”) actually began his career in political activism far away in South Africa, where he lived for over two decades.

As a 23-year-old, Gandhi moved to Durban, South Africa in 1893 to work as a lawyer. Once in Durban, Gandhi quickly experienced systematic discrimination, being regularly ejected from stagecoaches, trains, and an assortment of public places because of his skin color and ethnicity. Devising a method to overcome these persecutions led the future “father of India” to develop his now renowned philosophy of nonviolent protest, known as Satyagraha, which means “holding on to truth” or “devotion to truth” in Sanskrit.

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