Mahatma Gandhi was a force to be reckoned with. He helped to bring down the British Empire's rule in his native India - and he did it all without the use of violence or force. This man lived his life to serve others. He was arrested 11 times and even spent time in jail along side his wife, Kasturba Gandhi. He willingly subjected himself to long fasts throughout his lifetime. Through it all Gandhi eventually helped lead the British to "Quit India." After a long struggle India gained independence in 1947. Sadly Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse (a Hindu fanatic) in 1948; however, his determination and influence continues to encourage billions around the world to live a life of nonviolence.