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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.
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Vice President Biden meets with India's top political leaders

Vice President Biden meets with India's top political leaders

NEW DELHI, July 23 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden held a series of meetings with India's top political leaders in New Delhi Tuesday before attending a banquet in his honor.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.
By United Press International

Indian activist gives up hunger strike

MUMBAI, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- An Indian anti-corruption activist said he abandoned a three-day fast Wednesday a day early on the advice of his doctor.

Tourists in India following Gandhi's life

NEW DELHI, June 12 (UPI) -- A growing tourism trend in India involves visitors to the Asian country following in the footsteps of famed spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, experts say.

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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008.
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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007.
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Today is Monday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2006 with 111 to follow.
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Today is Sunday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2005 with 111 to follow.
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The Almanac

The weekly UPI Almanac package for Sept. 5-11, 2005.
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The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Sept. 11, the 255th day of 2004 with 111 to follow.
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The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Sept. 11, the 254th day of 2003 with 111 to follow.
By United Press International

On Law: Mourning civilized protest

Whatever happened to civilized civil disobedience?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Legal Affairs Correspondent

Analysis: Roosevelt, a man for this season

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Fears of recession and war hover uneasily in our path, like giant icebergs in the fog of the unknown future. It therefore seems timely, amid the glowing sunlight of the early fall, to take a time out and recall the American president who confronted and ov
MARTIN SIEFF, UPI Senior News Analyst

A Blast from the Past

On this date in 2001, when a few minutes on a pleasant September morn changed the world, America was attacked. Nineteen Islamic terrorists hijacked four commercial jets and slammed two of them into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center, both sk
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Mohandas K. Gandhi
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the pre-eminent political and ideological leader of India during the Indian independence movement. A pioneer of satyagraha, or resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience — a philosophy firmly founded upon ahimsa, or total nonviolence — Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Gandhi is often referred to as Mahatma (; Sanskrit: महात्मा mahātmā or "Great Soul," an honorific first applied to him by Rabindranath Tagore). In India, he is also called Bapu (Gujarati: બાપુ, bāpu or "Father") and officially honoured as the Father of the Nation. His birthday, 2 October, is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Gandhi first employed non-violent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights. After his return to India in 1915, he set about organising peasants, farmers, and urban labourers in protesting excessive land-tax and discrimination. Assuming leadership of the Indian National Congress in 1921, Gandhi led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women's rights, building religious and ethnic amity, ending untouchability, increasing economic self-reliance, but above all for achieving Swaraj — the independence of India from foreign domination. Gandhi famously led Indians in protesting 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, on many occasions, in both South Africa and India.

Gandhi strove to practice non-violence and truth in all situations, and advocated that others do the same. He lived modestly in a self-sufficient residential community and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn he had hand spun on a charkha. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as means of both self-purification and social protest.

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