Mahatma Gandhi

Barbara J. Feldman

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869 – 1948) was a pioneer of non-violent political action, and a leader in India’s independence movement. He is commonly known as Mahatma Gandhi, which is a honorific title meaning “great soul.” In India, he is also known as “Bapu” or Father because of his pivotal role in the country’s independence.

  • Mahatma Gandhi4 stars

    Maintained by several non-profit organization in India, this website includes a Gandhi biography, video clips, quotations, articles by Gandhi, photos, timelines and more. Highlights are the stories for kids and the pictorial biography. Look for these under Students' Projects. Quite a few of the external links are broken, and the navigation is difficult to follow at times, but the site has quite a lot of content for those willing to dig through it.

  • Manas: History and Politics: Mahatma Gandhi5 stars

    Manas is published by Vinay Lal, an Associate Professor of History at UCLA. The illustrated Gandhi section includes a biography and an overview of the development of his philosophies. Longer, more academic articles (for high-school and college students) are listed in the right-hand column. They include titles such as "Gandhi, Citizenship, and the Idea of a Good Civil Society." "Gandhi' achievements spanned an extraordinarily wide array of fields, even though to the outside world he is known principally as the chief architect of Indian independence and history' most creative theorist and practitioner of mass nonviolent resistance."

  • Mark Shepard: Mahatma Gandhi and His Myths4 stars

    "First, a quick one: Gandhi was not a scrawny little man. Yes, his legs were scrawny – and bowed – but he had a barrel chest, and a deep, booming voice to match it." Mark Shepard debunks six common myths about Mahatma Gandhi and explains "Satyaygraha," Gandhi' method of nonviolent action. "Satyaygraha" means "truth force," but is usually referred to as nonviolence. Gandhi practiced two forms of nonviolence: civil disobedience and non-cooperation. Visit Shepard' site to learn more.

  • Nobel Prize: Mahatma Gandhi, the Missing Laureate5 stars

    "Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948) has become the strongest symbol of non-violence in the 20th century. It is widely held – in retrospect – that the Indian national leader should have been the very man to be selected for the Nobel Peace Prize. He was nominated several times, but was never awarded the prize. Why?" Øyvind Tønnesson, an editor for, takes a stab at answering this oft asked question.

  • Thinkexist: Mahatma Gandhi Quotes4 stars

    This Matahma Gandhi quote is one of his most famous: "Be the change you want to see in the world." Pithy quotes from famous people are a popular way to learn about them. And this collection of Mahatma Gandhi quotes from doesn't disappoint. The user interface is easy to use, and even more powerful if you sign up for a free account. Here' one more for you to ponder. "Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning."

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Mahatma Gandhi." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 22 Sep. 2009. Web. 5 Dec. 2014. < >.

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  • By . Originally published September 22, 2009. Last modified March 12, 2014.

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