He also felt that he had little to offer to the political process.
In 1947, British Indian Empire became independent, breaking India in two, India and Pakistan.
He decided then to become a political activist, so he could help change these unfair laws. During Gandhi's life, India was a colony of the United Kingdom, but wanted independence.
He was a huge leader during that era and his thoughts helped catalyze the Indian independence movement.
He writes: "It haunted me and I must have acted Harishchandra to myself times without number." Gandhi's early self-identification with truth and love as supreme values is traceable to these epic characters.
His mother came from the medieval Krishna bhakti-based Pranami tradition, whose religious texts include the Bhagavad Gita, the Bhagavata Purana, and a collection of 14 texts with teachings that the tradition believes to include the essence of the Vedas, the Quran and the Bible.mahatma is an honorific meaning "great-soul" or "venerable" in Sanskrit. He is also called Bapu in India (Gujarati endearment for "father", "papa"). Rabindranath Tagore gave him the title of 'Mahatma'.After he became a lawyer, he went to the British colony of South Africa where he experienced laws that said people with dark skin had fewer rights than people with light skin.Gandhi led Indians in challenging the British-imposed salt tax with the 400 km (250 mi) Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942.He was imprisoned for many years, upon many occasions, in both South Africa and India.People of many different religions and ethnic groups lived in British India.Many people thought that the country should break into separate countries so that different groups could have their own countries.He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn hand-spun on a charkha.He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as a means of both self-purification and political protest.Gandhi's principle of satyagraha, often translated as "way of truth" or "pursuit of truth", has inspired other democratic and anti-racist activists like Martin Luther King, Jr. Gandhi often said that his values were simple, based upon traditional Hindu beliefs: truth (satya), and non-violence (ahimsa).On January 30, 1948, Gandhi was assassinated by an extremist Hindu activist, Nathuram Godse.