Mohandas Gandhi

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I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
—Ghandi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi beat John Lennon to the iconic glasses[wp]. He is best known for waging a long campaign against British Imperialism in India through primarily non-violent means, notably prolonged, repeated hunger strikes and a series of mass campaigns that included his famous "salt rebellion."[1]

It is, however, unknown if any of this would have worked on its own if not for the Indian Army and Navy mutinies or without the significant armed insurgency scaring the British into supporting a moderate for fear of revolution.

Gandhi showed how religious beliefs could be used in a positive way, giving an intellectual framework within which to pursue social and political change. In the end, he was assassinated by Hindu fundamentalist Nathuram Godse for giving too much to the Muslims.

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Gandhi was also was a little on the odd side, and certainly not a flawless saint.

[edit] Dirty old man

To test his ability to resist the temptations of the material world, he would sleep beside his two nieces. Naked. This was a continuing policy he had from when he ran an Ashram, where wives would not be permitted to sleep beside their husbands (but required to sleep in the same bed as Gandhi).[2] He claimed he didn't have sex with them, because no powerful religious person has ever used their power to have sex with his followers and then lied, right?

[edit] Racism

He also published articles in South Africa supporting racial separation and bargained for rights for Indians, but not blacks.

[edit] Anti - Vaxxer

He also engaged in smallpox vaccine denialism.[3] These criticisms of Gandhi were brought up in the Penn & Teller: Bullshit! episode Holier Than Thou.

He also beat the snot out of his wife before his turn to pacifism[citation needed], but perhaps no one needs to know this.

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