Today the world is celebrating the 151st birth anniversary of the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi on October 2. He taught the world to walk on the path of peace and solve all problems with non-violence. But, the saddest thing is the majority of us aren’t following his principles and values. What India has become is not what Gandhiji dreamt of.
Leaders like him have contributed and sacrificed for us and the result is that we are living in a free India. Mahatma Gandhi was not just a freedom fighter who gained immense popularity and respect worldwide but also a writer, philosopher, lawyer, politician, and peace activist.
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He was born on 2nd October 1869. He was a celebrated lawyer in South Africa as he advocated civil rights of Indians in the foreign land. He led the non-violent movement against the British rule for the Independence of India. He bravely fought against racism, untouchability, and unfair tax on salt.
Following are the 10 things about Mahatma Gandhi that you may not know:
- We know Gandhiji’s full name was Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi. But are we aware of his nickname? His pet name was Monu or Moniya.
- Gandhiji was nominated 5 times for the Nobel Prize but was never awarded. After his assassination, in his honor, the Nobel prize committee didn’t give the peace prize to anyone.
- His funeral procession was attended by 2 crore people. It was one of the world’s largest funerals.
- He created the Natal Indian Ambulance Corps during the Boer War.
- Mahatma Gandhi Ji and his volunteers tirelessly served the injured British soldiers during a war in the British ruled states of South Africa in 1906.
- Gandhi’s civil disobedience was inspired by the popular essay Civil Disobedience written by an American idealist Henry David Thoreau. He read his work while he was in prison.
- In 1888, when Gandhiji reached London to study law, was also the year that was ruled by Jack the Ripper—the serial killer.
- Mahatma Gandhi Ji was murdered in the garden of the former Birla House. His last words were ‘Hey Ram’.
- Although Gandhiji never played the game professionally, he was a great football lover. During his time in South Africa, he established two football clubs named as Johannesburg and Pretoria.
- Gandhiji was known for his experiments with food. He also wrote books on food and health like Diet and Diet Reform. He often advised others on what to eat. In 1936, Gandhiji made a diet chart for Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.