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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (October 2, 1869 – January 30, 1948) was a prominent political leader of India and its struggle for independence from the British Empire. He was the pioneer and perfector of Satyagraha the resistance of tyranny through mass civil disobedience strongly founded upon ahimsa (total non-violence) which led India to independence, and has inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is commonly known and addressed in India and across the world as Mahatma Gandhi (from Sanskrit, Mahatma: Great Soul) and as Bapu (in many Indian languages, Father). Beginning as an unobtrusive lawyer in South Africa, Gandhi organised the Indian community there in protests and demonstrations against More

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel was born in 1875 in Nadiad, Gujarat. Vallabhbhai himself stated that "I have to bluff " when people asked him how old he was, for his actual date of birth was never officially recorded. Patel entered October 31st as his date of birth on his matriculation examination papers. He was the fourth son of Jhaverbhai Patel and Ladba, and lived in the village of Karamsad, in the Kheda district. Somabhai, Narsibhai and Vithalbhai Patel were his elder brothers the latter was also a major figure in the struggle for Independence, although at odds with Gandhi's leadership. He had a younger brother, Kashibhai, and a sister, Dahiba. Young Vallabh helped his father in the fields, and kept a fast for 24 More

Vikram Sarabhai Vikram Sarabhai was born in Ahmedabad, India to an affluent, business family. He was one of eight children of Ambalal and Sarla Devi. He was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge University where he received his undergraduate degree in 1940 and a Ph.D in 1947 He studied cosmic rays under the Nobel laureate Dr.C.V. Raman at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore from 1941 to 1945. His interest in solar physics and cosmic ray led him to set up many observation stations around the country. He was instrumental in establishing the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) in Ahmedabad in November 1947. After Dr. Homi Bhabha's demise, Dr. Sarabhai became the director of Atomic Energy Commission of India in 1966 More

Narendra Modi Narendra Damodardas Modi (born September 17, 1950, Gujarat, India) is the 15th and the current Prime Minister of India. Modi, a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), also served as Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014. Modi was a key strategist for the BJP in the successful 1995 and 1998 Gujarat state election campaigns. He became Chief Minister of Gujarat in October 2001 and served longer by far in that position than anyone else to date. He was a major campaign figure in the 2009 general election, which the BJP led National Democratic Alliance lost to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA). He led the BJP in the April–May 2014 general election, which resulted in a majority for the BJP in the Lok Sabha, More

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