Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most revered leaders of India. His original name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Born in a Hindu family in Gujarat, he studied law in London and later gave up his profession to take ahead the baton of peace that led India to freedom.
But there’s a lot more to know about this extraordinary personality.
11 Interesting Fact about Mahatma Gandhi you should know
- Mohandas was not a very bright kid and did not fare well in his studies up until school. He used to be very shy and his teachers often complained about his bad handwriting.
- The famous title “Father of the nation” was given to him by Subhash Chandra Bose. He was later referred as “Bapu” by the then PM Jawahar Lal Nehru. However, the govt has not approved of it to date.
- He was responsible for Civil Activist Movement in 12 countries. Mahatma Gandhi had a huge influence and his impact was not limited to India only.
- Mahatma Gandhi could sustain without food for 21 days as told by the Govt nutritionists. He often used fasting as a tool to get decisions in his stride and the Govt many times had to give in to his demands.
- M. Gandhi tried becoming a meat-eater because he believed that the British were able to rule India because they were meat-eaters. He also experimented with smoking but gave it up since he did not like it eventually.
- It is hard to believe that a great leader miserably failed in a certain realm. Mahatma Gandhi could not carry on his law practice successfully because he lacked appropriate skills. He also trembled while questioning the witnesses in the courtroom.
- M. Gandhi encountered problems in the early days of his marriage. He had trouble getting along with his wife. But later on, they started getting along well. And before swearing into celibacy, he had four children.
- He wrote a letter to Hitler to avoid war, but due to the intervention of the British govt, the letter never reached him.
- There are 53 roads in India and 48 roads across the world that are named after Mahatma Gandhi.
- Mahatma Gandhi lived for 21 years in South Africa and was jailed several times there.
- In 2013, Mahatma Gandhi’s charkha(spinning wheel) was auctioned for a whopping 1,10,000 pounds.
Weren’t these facts surprising!
Throughout his life, M. Gandhi did a lot for the Indian masses despite all the odds that he faced. Well, it’s because of his great work that he is remembered even today with same respect and awe. And the people of India will continue to follow his teachings in his remembrance.