The Most Influential Person of the 20th Century .
The Twentieth Century has been one of the most significant eras in history. A hundred years defined by the presence of a number of innovative new thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs. A hundred years recognized by the devastation of two world wars, numerous genocides and the outbreak of totalitarian societies. This century has seen the rise of several world power nations, and the fall of many others. It has seen depraved leaders ascend to power- - and fall at the hands of democracy and righteousness. In essence this century was about constant confrontations between democracy and totalitarianism, and the efforts of a great number of audacious individuals who defied authority in order to rid the world of tyranny and autocracy, and secure the presence of civil rights in their communities, nations, and around the world. While humanity was engaged in conflicts surrounding the continuous struggle for democracy in the world; there was a diminutive, seemingly insignificant man who fought a personal and universal battle against the suppression of civil rights while in the same instant promoting peace and concurrence among all citizens of mankind. This man was Mohandas Gandhi, the most influential individual of the 20th century. .
Mohandas Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, India, the youngest of three sons born to Putalibai and Karamchand Gandhi. His father was a prominent figure in society, as he was a prime minister of several states, and an officer of the royal guard. Gandhi grew up in a very structured home, where he grew to appreciate morality, and to recognize the significance of religious faith. His mother was his greatest influence as a child, and instilled in him a great curiosity to learn of life. From these early lessons, Gandhi began his lifelong search for Truth, and gained a very clear sense of virtue, which remained with him the rest of his days.