Gandhi at 150

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This month marks the 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi. As we commemorate this milestone, we'll take a critical look at his life and legacy.

To that end, we'll explore the following topics:

- A very brief summary of his biography, including his early years in England and South Africa.

- His visions for an Independent India.

- His "nonviolent resistance" and the rise of the "peace movement."

- His role in the India-Pakistan partition and how it fueled "ultra-nationalism."

- His views on the caste system.

- The purported merits of his moral philosophy (and any criticisms thereof), and any unintended consequences.

- Finally, are the views and ideologies of Gandhi still relevant today? Does he maintain any "universal appeal"?