Every year on October 2, the nation commemorates Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary with Gandhi Jayanti, a nationwide celebration. This year marks Gandhi’s 152nd birthday. People celebrate the Day of Non-Violence around the world as Gandhi used nonviolent civil disobedience to lead his country to freedom. So, How Much Do You Know About Mahatma Gandhi? Let’s see some unknown facts about Gandhiji.
Due to his pivotal role in India’s victory over 200 years of oppressive British colonial rule, Gandhi’s leadership has inspired people of all generations. On January 30, 1948, one year after India gained its independence, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. It is National Martyr’s Day in India on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Some Unkown Facts About Mahatma Gandhiji:
- Gandhiji got nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize five times: in 1937, in 1938, again in 1939, in 1947, and once more in 1948. just a few days before his assassination. However, he never received the award.
- Rabindranath Tagore gave Gandhiji the title of ‘Mahatma’. According to Tagore, during his travels, Gandhi would stop at hut entrances and speak to the locals in their own language. The poet Tagore said Gandhiji all Indians considered him as a member of their own family and thus he got the title of ‘Mahatma.’
- Madurai’s Gandhi Memorial Museum preserves the relics of Mahatma Gandhi.
- When he was in South Africa, Gandhi was a football fanatic. He formed two teams, the Passive Resisters, named after Henry Thoreau and Leo Tolstoy’s writings.
- For one of his political opponents, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Bapu created a diet plan in which he advised him to eat more leafy green vegetables and avoid starchy carbohydrates. Trying new foods and diets was one of Gandhi’s favorite pastimes.
- When Vallabhai Patel first heard Gandhi’s speech, he was playing bridge in an Ahmedabad club. And Gandhiji immediately inspired him. Patel quit his job as a lawyer to devote himself solely to Satyagraha Movement. Due to his charismatic personality, people were immediately drawn to Bapu.
- In his early years, Gandhi studied under an Irishman. This is why Gandhi had an Irish accent when he was speaking English in India.
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- The funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi spanned eight kilometers. It was a poignant reminder of the respect and admiration he had earned from the people of India.
- Mahatma Gandhi fought for his country in the Boer War.
- At the age of 13, Gandhi married Kasturbha Gandhi, a 14-year-old girl.
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