If we look at the contributors of Indian Independence we find each & every personality is great .Everybody has their own principle & idiology . Each of them is adorable. But in context to Indian vastness & cosmopoliton culture, A life as a leader much higher than all these variations & safe, peace loving, tollerent to all like Vishma Pita maha was/is a crying need. And the expression of that demand is Gandhiji.
If we go through his long journey of life & philosophy we find that he was in & out a complete Vaishnab.
We call them Vaishnab who are sagacious, docile, thurtholder ,never loose their character, follow an easy, ordinary life, simple food habbit, always happy ,eager to help the distressed without any return, whose mind weeps for others sorrow,teaches the true path,feels his lord is in everybody's heart.
There were & are & will be millions of such developed lives in India[Bharat means living with light/rays-rays/powers of oneness].But leadership is different. Still Gandhiji is a perfect blending of leadership & vaishnab.
Today India's position according to Transperancy Index is much poor. We neither follow India nor Bapuji or Swamiji[Vivekananda].This is matter of shame. We find in 'my experiment with truth' whenever there is fall from his celebacy he mentioned that. This type of open straightness is possible in a strong personality. This teaches us the inspiration in common people also. Even since his description of his birth he wanted to become a commom people not a great one.As if he is the perfect manifestation of common ordinary man upto the heighest level.And he is the Father of the Nation,-a nation mostly filled with simple, innocent people those we call villagers,poor, distressed. He is the leader of this nation for ever.