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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948), better known by the honorific Mahatma (meaning "great soul"), was an Indian lawyer and activist. As the ideological leader of the Indian independence movement, he is widely considered the symbolic father of modern India. He leads the Indians in Civilization VI.

Gandhi is the ultimate peacekeeping civilization, never declaring war unless he's regaining lost ground. He's growing big cities and hoping no one wants to fight him.


Be kind, Gandhi Bapu, and you will find yourself surrounded by true friends. Keep the Indian people safe, guarding them with magnificent elephant warriors. Your faith will guide you to peace and harmony. Keep your mind open, and be the change you want to see in the world.


Gandhi's unique agenda is Peacekeeper. He will resist starting or getting involved in wars if he might be branded a warmonger for doing so; he likes other leaders that keep the peace and dislikes warmongers.

His leader ability is Satyagraha. For each civilization India has met who has founded a religion and is not at war, India gets a significant boost in Faith Faith. Civilizations fighting wars against India suffer additional Amenities Amenities penalties.

Detailed Approach[]

Gandhi is an early Religion adopter, building Holy Sites, putting Stepwells next to them, and getting strong Faith Faith generation going (which becomes even stronger if he can stay at peace). But he isn't an exclusive Religion player; he'll actually never build Inquisitors, so other Religions can stick around (and reward him with their Follower Beliefs). If he doesn't have a chance to win a Religious Victory, he will try to pursue either the Science or Culture Victories, wherever his chance of victory is best.


Gandhi is voiced by Pawan Shukla. He speaks Hindi and Indian English. His lines are some of the best translated in the game, where there is no difference between the literal translation of the words he is speaking and the in-game subtitles.


Codename Quote (English translation) Quote (Hindi/English) Notes
Agenda-based Approval There is no shame in deterrence. Having a weapon is very different from actually using it.
Agenda-based Disapproval If you are so bloodthirsty, maybe it is better to put an end to your leadership. यदि आप ख़ून के इतने प्यासे हैं, तो आप के नेतृत्व को समाप्त करना ही बेहतर होगा।

Yadi āp khūn ke itne pyāse hãi, to āp ke netřtva ko samāpt karnā hī behtar hogā.

Attacked My attempts to avoid violence have failed. An eye for an eye only makes the world blind. The second sentence is a quote that is often mis-attributed to Gandhi.[1]
Declares War I can engage in this war without sacrificing morals. Don't ask me how; you wouldn't understand. मैं नैतिकता की क़ुर्बानी दिए बिना इस जंग में हिस्सा ले सकता हूँ। मत पूछिये कैसे, आप नहीं समझेंगे।

Mãi naitiktā kī qurbānī diye binā is jańg mẽ hissā le saktā hū̃. Mat pūchiye kaise, āp nahī̃ samjheńge.

Defeated You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind. आप मुझे ज़ंजीरों में जकड़ें, यातनाएं दें, यहां तक की आप मेरे इस शरीर को नष्ट कर दें, पर आप मेरे मन को कभी क़ैद नहीं कर सकेंगे।

Āp mujhe zañjīrõ mẽ jakŕẽ, yātnāyẽ dẽ, yahā̃ tak kī āp mere is šarīr ko naśť kar dẽ, par āp mere man ko kabhī qaid nahī̃ kar sakeńge.

This is an unsourced quote attributed to Gandhi.[2]
Greeting Hello, I am Mohandas Gandhi. My people call me Bapu, but please, call me friend. नमस्कार, मैं मोहनदास गाँधी हूँ। मेरे लोग मुझे बापू कहते हैं। पर कृपया, मुझे मित्र कहें।

Namaskār, mãi Mohandās Gāndhī hū̃. Mere log mujhe Bāpu kahte hãi. Par křpyā, mujhe mitra kahẽ.

Quote from Civilopedia Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever. This is a quote attributed to Gandhi, although it's disputed.[3]


Delegation: I have sent a trade delegation to you with gifts from our land: teas, sarees, and sitars.

Accepts Delegation from Player: You are too kind, my friend. Your gifts arrived with your trade delegation, and I have personally thanked them.

Rejects Delegation from Player: Unfortunately, no.

Accepts Player's Declaration of Friendship: I accept your offer of friendship. May it be blessed with peace.

Rejects Player's Declaration of Friendship: I am sorry, but I cannot enter into this agreement with you. Please understand, it is only for the best.

Denounced by Player: Your lies will not be believed by the wise, and the foolish will learn their lesson.

Denounces Player: You are untrustworthy; this is the worst kind of violence.

Too Many Troops Near Border: Please, friend, move your soldiers from my borders. They make a peaceful man like me nervous.

Invitation to Capital: I enjoy travel, perhaps I will one day visit your capital. Is it far? Would you tell me about it?

Invitation to City: Come to our nearest city. We can listen to the wisdom of Vedic poetry, and perhaps learn something.

Civilopedia entry[]

Few can legitimately be called bapu (Gujarati for “father”) of their country; even fewer attained that moniker without shedding a lot of blood. But Mohandas Gandhi, better known around the world as Mahatma (Sanskrit for “venerable”) Gandhi, can. He pioneered the approach of satyagraha (a term he coined, literally “truth force”), or resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience, a tactic he urged to be used to bring independence to his homeland.

Gandhi was born into the Hindi merchant caste in an India still under British rule. The son of the fourth wife of the diwan of the small state of Porbandar, in his youth Gandhi displayed none of the self-effacing benevolence that would mark him as an adult. In fact, his sister once noted that one of his favorite pastimes as a child was “twisting the dogs’ ears.” As a boy, he was also described as “restless as mercury... either playing or roaming about.”

Gandhi entered into an arranged marriage at the age of 13 to a 14-year-old girl, the usual custom of the period and place. Apparently he did not enjoy the experience, later calling the practice “the cruel custom of child marriage.” But he seems to have taken advantage of it, since in 1885 AD when he was fifteen, his wife bore him a short-lived child. They would have four more children, all sons, so the “cruel custom” didn’t seem to impede his husbandly duties.

His marriage led him to take a year off from his secondary education. But Mohandas was a mediocre scholar, as well as being painfully shy, not a good combination when he was in school in Rajkot. One of his terminal evaluations upon matriculation read, in part, “good at English, fair in Arithmetic and weak in Geography; conduct very good, bad handwriting.” With such skills, what other career than that of a lawyer? In 1888 he departed India to London to study to be a barrister.

His father having just died, Gandhi’s mother did not want him to go, giving him her blessings only after he had promised to abstain from wine, women, and meat. His caste looked upon traveling over the ocean as unclean; when he persisted they declared him an “outcast.” In June 1891 Gandhi passed the bar and set sail for India. He attempted to set up practice in Bombay, but failed miserably – reportedly because he was reluctant to harshly cross-examine witnesses, understandably earning him few clients. Therefore, at the age of 24, Mohandas accepted a year-long contract from the Indian firm Dada Abdulla Company to represent their interests in Natal, South Africa, another corner of the sprawling British Empire.

Gandhi enjoyed somewhat more professional success in South Africa, but he was troubled by the racial bigotry and intolerance he found there. He spent the next twenty years of his life in South Africa fighting for the rights of ethnic minorities, although recently-discovered writings reveal that he was less than sympathetic to the status of Africans. It was here that Gandhi began to refine and teach his philosophy of “passive” resistance. He was jailed several times for opposition to the aptly-named “Black Acts,” by which all non-whites were required to submit their fingerprints to the government. When the government ruled that only Christian marriages were legal in South Africa, Gandhi organized and led a massive non-violent protest. All this ire stemmed at least in part from some of his early experiences in South Africa, such as being ejected from a first-class railway carriage or beaten by a stagecoach driver for failing to give up his inside seat to a white.

Despite his seemingly unending protests, Gandhi proved himself something of an imperial patriot in times of war. During the Boer War, he raised a cadre of 1100 Indian volunteers to serve as corpsmen and stretcher-bearers on the front lines; Gandhi and 37 others would eventually receive the War Medal for their service and sacrifice. In 1906 the British were at it again, this time against the Zulu. And Gandhi again raised a volunteer corps for stretcher service (the survivors to be “allowed” to petition for South African citizenship). His close-up and personal observations of the war convinced him that only non-violent methods could hope to prevail against the mighty Royal Army... and maybe not even those.

In 1915, Gandhi returned to India. Almost immediately he irritated most everyone that mattered there: the British administrators when he expressed his humiliation that he had to speak English in his native land, and the Indian nobility when he chided them for their ostentatiousness, telling them that they should hold their jewels and wealth in trust for their poorer countrymen. Thus Gandhi began his long campaign to free his country from English rule. The Mahatma followed two paths – he tried to shame the oppressors and he demanded sacrifices from the oppressed in opposition. For the next thirty years Gandhi tirelessly exhorted Indians to passive resistance, leading strike after strike, march after march, fasting himself to the point of incapacity, enduring innumerable beatings, and years in prison.

Despite serious setbacks and years of frustration, Gandhi persisted in annoying the powers-that-be. In 1946, with an exhausted military and virtually bankrupt, Great Britain agreed to vacate India, but in doing so decided to divide the colony between Hindu and Muslims, which Gandhi had vehemently argued against. As some 15 million people scrambled to get on the “right” side of the partition line, their movement sparked an outbreak of religious violence, in which Muslims were massacred wholesale in India, with the same fate awaiting Hindus in Pakistan.

The new countries were in chaos. In response, Gandhi went on a fast, refusing to eat again until the violence ceased. Astonishingly, his fast worked; representatives from both nations and religions promised to stop the killings and begged him to end the fast. He did so, to the relief of millions. Ironically, twelve days later, Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated by the militant Hindu nationalist Nathuram Godse in the garden of the Birla House.





CIVILIZATION VI - First Look- India

First Look: India (Gandhi)

Related achievements[]

Be the Change You Wish to See In the World
Be the Change You Wish to See In the World
Win a regular game as Gandhi
The phrase is a famous quote by Gandhi.
Give Peace a Chance
Give Peace a Chance
Playing as India on a Huge map, receive +35 Faith in one turn from the Satyagraha ability.
'Give Peace a Chance' is the name of a song written by John Lennon, who was a known pacifist.


See also[]

Civilization VI Leaders [edit]
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1 Requires DLC

R&F-Only Added in the Rise and Fall expansion pack.
GS-Only Added in the Gathering Storm expansion pack.