50 Unknown and Interesting Facts About Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat. It is celebrated in states and territories in India and is one of the officially declared national holidays. Here are some of the ones I found to be 50 Unknown and Interesting Facts About Mahatma Gandhi.
Mahatma Gandhi is also called the Father of the Nation. Mahatma Gandhi has played a special role in providing the freedom to the country. Gandhi’s father’s name was Karamchand Gandhi who was the Diwan of Rajkot and his mother’s name was Putlibai. Gandhi always chose the path of truth and non-violence for freedom and made many movements. On January 30, Gandhiji was shot dead by Nathuram Godse. Therefore, Martyr’s Day is celebrated every year on 30 January in India.
FACT#1. Gandhiji’s mother tongue was Gujarati.
FACT#2. Gandhiji studied at Alfred High School, Rajkot.
FACT#3. Gandhiji’s birthday, 2 October, is celebrated worldwide as International Anhisa Day.
FACT#4. He was the youngest child of his parents, he had two brothers and a sister.
FACT#5. Gandhiji’s father was religiously Hindu and the caste was “Madhav Baniya”.
FACT#6. Madhav Desai was Gandhiji’s personal secretary.
FACT#7. Gandhiji was killed in the garden of Birla Bhavan.
FACT#8. There was frequent correspondence between Gandhiji and the famous writer Leo Tolstoy.
FACT#9. Gandhiji established the Tolstoy Farm, an 1100-acre small colony, 21 miles from Johannesburg, during the Satyagraha struggle of South Africa.
FACT#10. In 1930, he led the Dandi Salt March and in 1942, he launched the Quit India Movement during the freedom struggle.
FACT#11. Mahatma Gandhi was a very straightforward person. Never used to covet for money. In the advocacy profession, only those who used to take cases were truthful. Did not prosecute bad and dishonest people.
FACT#12. Rabindra Nath Tagore first gave him the title of Mahatma and Rabindra Nath Tagore was given the title of Gurudev by Mahatma Gandhi.
FACT#13. America’s Time magazine gave Mahatma Gandhi the “Man of the Year” award in 1930.
FACT#14. Mahatma Gandhi never traveled by airplane in his entire lifetime.
FACT#15. After the death of Mahatma Gandhi, 10 lakh people attended his funeral. 1.5 million people stood in the way of the funeral procession. People wanted to have a look at Bapu by climbing the pillars, trees, and roofs of the house.
FACT#16. CEO of Apple Company “Steve Jobs” wore glasses with round glass-like Mahatma Gandhi. In this way, he paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi.
FACT#17. After independence, some English journalists came to Mahatma Gandhi and started interviewing him in English. On this, Mahatma Gandhi said in Hindi, “My country is now free.” Now I will speak in Hindi only.
FACT#18. Mahatma Gandhi was nominated 5 times for the Nobel Prize. He was assassinated in 1948 before receiving the award. Therefore, the Nobel Committee did not give this award to any other person that year.
FACT#19. In his autobiography, Mahatma Gandhi has written that he was very shy in childhood and used to run away from school. He was very hesitant to talk to others.
FACT#20. Mahatma Gandhi gave his speech on the radio for the first time in 1931. His first words were “Do I have to speak inside this microphone”
FACT#21. In South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi was dropped from the train despite being a first-class ticket because he was a black man.
FACT#22. Once while traveling by train, one of the shoes of Mahatma Gandhi fell down. He also threw away his second shoe. When the next passenger asked the reason, he said that a shoe would not work for me. At least one gets a chance to wear both shoes.
FACT#23. Subhash Chandra Bose gave Mahatma Gandhi the title of “Father of the Nation”.
FACT#24. Mahatma Gandhi has written his autobiography in the Gujarati language.
FACT#25. Mahatma Gandhi’s last words while dying were “Hey Ram”
FACT#26. Mahatma Gandhi was a very firm man of the time. He loved going on time everywhere. He also used to ask others to follow the time.
FACT#27. Mahatma Gandhi agitated for civil rights in 4 continents and in 12 countries.
FACT#28. Mahatma Gandhi used to walk 18 kilometers every day, this is equivalent to two rounds of the world in his lifetime.
FACT#29. Mahatma Gandhi was not present on the day India was celebrating independence because it was his fast on that day.
FACT#30. After attaining independence, Mahatma Gandhi wanted to end the Congress Party.
FACT#31. There are 53 major roads in India named after Mahatma Gandhi and 48 major roads abroad.
FACT#32. Mahatma Gandhi assisted in setting up football clubs in Durban, Pretoria, and Johannesburg.
FACT#33. Mahatma Gandhi connects with great personalities like Tolstoy, Einstein, Adolf Hitler.
FACT#34. Mahatma Gandhi was married to Kasturba at the age of 14 in May 1883. At that time, Kasturba Gandhi was 13 years old.
FACT#35. Mahatma Gandhi’s writing was not very good. So they always worried about it.
FACT#36. Gandhiji always had a set of artificial teeth. When they had to eat, they used it only. After taking food, they used to wash them well, dry them, and keep them wrapped in their loins.
FACT#37. In the early days, one of the teachers teaching English to Gandhiji was an Irish man, due to which he spoke English with an Irish accent.
FACT#38. Mahatma Gandhi became an attorney after studying at London University, but when he got the opportunity to speak for the first time in the court, his legs were shaken during that time.
FACT#39. His advocacy in London did not last long. Later he went to Africa. There they started getting a large number of clients. Gandhiji used to settle the cases of many of his clients peacefully outside the court.
FACT#40. During his advocacy in South Africa, his annual income had reached 15 thousand dollars. At that time this income was very large.
FACT#41. Mahatma Gandhi theoretically started living on fruits, goat milk, and olive oil.
FACT#42. The inspiration for civil disobedience got him from a book by the American man. A graduate from Harvard University named David Thoreau, he lived like a monk in Massachusetts.
FACT#43. Mahatma Gandhi never went to America, but there were many fans and followers of his. One of these extraordinary admirers was the famous industrialist and Ford Motor founder Henry Ford.
FACT#44. The Father of the Nation inspired millions of people from his principles like non-violence and civil disobedience. They include Martin Luther King Jr. (America), Dalai Lama (Tibet), Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar), Nelson Mandela (South Africa).
FACT#45. Famous magazine ‘Time’ has placed Mahatma Gandhi on its cover page three times.
FACT#46. The great physicist Albert Einstein once said about Gandhiji, “Our coming generations can hardly believe that such a man of hand-meat (Gandhiji) was present on this earth.”
FACT#47. He did not like to have his photo drawn.
FACT#48. Mahatma Gandhi was impressed by the story of Shravan Kumar and the drama of Harishchandra.
FACT#49. To help the earthquake victims in Bhagalpur in 1934, he took a sum of five rupees for his autograph.
FACT#50. The British government issued a stamp in his name 21 years after Gandhi’s death.