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    It will never be possible to evaluate how much India, and the world, owes to Gandhi. He left an indelible imprint on the history of the human civilization. He was a revolutionary and a saint, a visionary and the most practical of men. His insistence on applying the test of Truth to every issue and situation enabled him to bring down the mighty British Empire. His didactic messages on non-violence gave mankind a hope of survival in the face of the nuclear age. No human problem was too small for him. For centuries to come, he will remain a guiding light for people and nations.
    In the long list of seers and sages that India has produced from time to time, Gandhi assuredly occupies a supreme place. We are all mortals and so was he. Nevertheless, there was something indefinable, something mysterious, something inexplicably divine about him, which set him distinctly apart, and above the ordinary run of mortals. There was sort of a spiritual hallow about him. The life that he lived and the work that he did left such an impression on the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world that he would possibly not be effaced for ages to come. Gandhi personified the greatness and grandeur of spirit to such an extent that Albert Einstein surmised, "generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth."
    Though he was born in India, and also died as a martyr in India, in spirit he belonged to the whole world. I hope my thesis lives up to that spirit, and proves to be a valuable book of reference and enlightenment.

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