Photos: On Mahatma Gandhi’s 148th birth anniversary, a look at his journey

Born in Porbandar, Gujarat in 1869, Mahatma Gandhi set sail to England for a degree in law before fighting against apartheid in South Africa and finally returning to India to lead the country to freedom from the British through a non-violent movement. On his 148th birth anniversary, here are some old photos from his journey to India’s freedom.

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A portrait of Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 - 1948), Indian nationalist leader, circa 1945. (Keystone / Getty Images)

A portrait of Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869 - 1948), Indian nationalist leader, circa 1945. (Keystone / Getty Images)

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Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi meet Hollywood actor Charlie Chaplin at the home of Dr. Katral in Canning Town, east London. (London Express / Getty Images)

Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi meet Hollywood actor Charlie Chaplin at the home of Dr. Katral in Canning Town, east London. (London Express / Getty Images)

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John Tussaud, son of Marie Tussaud working on a waxwork of Mahatma Gandhi for Madame Tussaud’s, 1931. (Fox Photos / Getty Images)

John Tussaud, son of Marie Tussaud working on a waxwork of Mahatma Gandhi for Madame Tussaud’s, 1931. (Fox Photos / Getty Images)

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Mahatma Gandhi at Boulogne station with Sarojini Naidu, on the way to England to attend the Round Table Conference as the representative of the Indian Nationals. (Douglas Miller / Getty Images)

Mahatma Gandhi at Boulogne station with Sarojini Naidu, on the way to England to attend the Round Table Conference as the representative of the Indian Nationals. (Douglas Miller / Getty Images)

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In 1931, during a visit to Darwen, Lancashire, Mahatma Gandhi was greeted by a group of women textile workers. Gandhi was famous for his propagation of Khadi, an Indian textile. (Keystone / Getty Images)

In 1931, during a visit to Darwen, Lancashire, Mahatma Gandhi was greeted by a group of women textile workers. Gandhi was famous for his propagation of Khadi, an Indian textile. (Keystone / Getty Images)

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Mahatma Gandhi with Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel during the 51st Indian National Congress. (Photo by Keystone / Getty Images)

Mahatma Gandhi with Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel during the 51st Indian National Congress. (Photo by Keystone / Getty Images)

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Soldiers were manning a wireless van during Mahatma Gandhi’s 73-hour fast, when they received news about the communal riots from the police headquarters at Lalbazar, Calcutta (now Kolkata). (Keystone / Getty Images)

Soldiers were manning a wireless van during Mahatma Gandhi’s 73-hour fast, when they received news about the communal riots from the police headquarters at Lalbazar, Calcutta (now Kolkata). (Keystone / Getty Images)

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Thinker, statesman and nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi with George Lansbury and a group of children at Kingsley Hall in the East End of London, 1931. Gandhi stayed at the hall during his visit to London to attend the Round Table Conference. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Thinker, statesman and nationalist leader Mahatma Gandhi with George Lansbury and a group of children at Kingsley Hall in the East End of London, 1931. Gandhi stayed at the hall during his visit to London to attend the Round Table Conference. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

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Gandhi is seen leaving Friends’ Meeting House, Euston Road, London, after attending the Round Table Conference on Indian constitutional reforms. (Douglas Miller / Getty Images)

Gandhi is seen leaving Friends’ Meeting House, Euston Road, London, after attending the Round Table Conference on Indian constitutional reforms. (Douglas Miller / Getty Images)

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An admiring East End crowd gathered to witness the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi in Canning Town, East London, as he called upon Charlie Chaplin in 1931. Gandhi was in England in his capacity as leader of the Indian National Congress attending the London Round Table Conference on Indian constitutional reforms. (London Express / Getty Images)

An admiring East End crowd gathered to witness the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi in Canning Town, East London, as he called upon Charlie Chaplin in 1931. Gandhi was in England in his capacity as leader of the Indian National Congress attending the London Round Table Conference on Indian constitutional reforms. (London Express / Getty Images)

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Young women seen reading a newspaper among members of London’s Indian and Pakistani population outside India House, central London, after hearing of the assassination of the Indian statesman and advocate of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. ( Reg Speller / Fox Photos / Getty Images)

Young women seen reading a newspaper among members of London’s Indian and Pakistani population outside India House, central London, after hearing of the assassination of the Indian statesman and advocate of non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. ( Reg Speller / Fox Photos / Getty Images)

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