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Mohandas Gandhi was one of the most important spiritual leaders of India during the 1920´s and for many people consider a unique and perfect figure of Hindu culture. This great man of misteriousappearance and deep spiritual knowledge changed completely the history of his country and accomplish thousands of goals. However, Gandhi was not so successful to accomplish the goals and dreams of hisown family. Living a complete spiritual life brought Gandhi a lot of problems with his own children and wife, who were, in some way, discriminated against him. Therefore, a lot of psychological problemsaffected his family who had to live under the shade of one of the biggest and most recognized person of the world.
Mahatma Gandhi, also called Bapu, which means father in the Hindu culture,failed in raising up his children. Harilal Gandhi, his eldest son is the most critical example of Gandhi´s lack of commitment to his family. Harilal Gandhi, tried desperately along his life to find outhis own identity, he was not able to leave under his father´s expectations and he took the wrong way. He renounced all family ties in 1911 and embarked upon a tragic, lifelong path ofself-destruction. (´´The people’s Almanac´´, 2007). Gandhi was against formal education, he though that receiving this Western styled education was not helpful in the struggle against British rule over India,(Wikipedia, 2007) so despite he studied to be a barrister, he denied his sons the right to study and to grow as professionals. As a consequence, all this disciplines and rules that Gandhi imposed to hischildren created little fissures between he and his children. "You want my sons to be holy men before they are men!" Gandhi's wife once exclaimed (´´The people’s Almanac´´, 2007). It is clear then thatthis exceptional man, was not perfect at all, trying to push too hard to his children to follow his same ideals for India. But he forgot how important it is to support one’s decisions and goals....
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