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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 october 1869-30 january 1948) was an Indian activist who was the leader of the indian independence movement against british
rule. In india, he is also called bapu and Gandhi ji, and known as the father of the Nation. So We concluded some most amazing facts about MAHATMA GANDHI.
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Mahatma Gandhi was born as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The honorific title Mahatma, or "Great Soul," was given to him in 1914.
Gandhi had a strange co-incidence with Friday, as Gandhi was born on Friday, India got its independence on Friday, and he was assassinated on Friday.
Gandhi ate fruit, nuts, and seeds for five years but switched back to strict vegetarianism after suffering health problems.
An urn that once contained Mahatma Gandhi's ashes is now at a shrine in Los Angeles.
Mahatma Gandhi once wrote a letter to Hitler, appealing him to stop the war. Gandhi referred to him as “dear friend”.
Mahatma Gandhi spoke English with an Irish accent, for one of his first teachers was an Irishman.
He was married to Kasturba Gandhi at the age of 13. To fulfill his parent's wish he went to London to study Law and got enrolled at the
University College London, at the age of 18.
Gandhi and his wife had their first child when he was 15 years old. That child died a few days later, but the couple did have four sons before
he took a vow of celibacy.
Mahatma Gandhi put a 5 rupees fee on his autograph in order to fund his various programs since the British who controlled the funding were unwilling to help him.
Gandhi lived for 21 years in South Africa. He was imprisoned there many times as well.
Mahatma Gandhi’s image has appeared on all denominations of Indian rupees printed since 1996.
Gandhi attended law school in London and was famous among the faculty for his bad handwriting.
Gandhi is officially honoured in India as the Father of the Nation, his birthday 2 October is commemorated there as Gandhi Jayanti, a
national holiday and worldwide as the International Day of Non-Violence.
During his movement, he used to walk around 18 km every day, nearly for 40 years. During his campaign from 1913 to 1938, he walked around
79,000 km, equivalent to encompassing the Earth twice.
Mahatma Gandhi led a nonviolent protest known as the Dandi Salt March to protest a salt tax. Gandhi and his followers hiked to the Arabian
Sea where they boiled sea water to make their own salt.
There are more roads in the Netherlands named after Mahatma Gandhi than those in India.
Mahatma Gandhi was the founder of 3 football clubs in South Africa.
Mahatma Gandhi used to travel with his goat so that he could have fresh milk.
A Christian song, Abide With Me, is played at the Republic Day Parade. It is believed to be one of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite songs.
Charlie Chaplin got the idea for Modern Times(1936) partly from a discussion with Mahatma Gandhi on modern technology.
In his last years, Mahatma Gandhi would sleep with nubile teen girls to prove his celibacy and to test libidinous urges.
Gandhi's wife died in prison in 1944; he was also in prison at the time of her death. Gandhi was released from prison only because he
contracted malaria, and British officials feared an uprising if he, too, died while in prison.
Despite being famous for nonviolence and the Indian independence movement, Gandhi actually recruited Indians to fight for Britain during
World War I. He opposed India's involvement in World War II.
During his early days in South Africa, he served voluntarily in the British Army in the Zulu war for medical ill, as the stretcher bearer in
the Boer-War. Gandhi also supported the British in their war efforts during the first world war.
Gandhi demanded fair treatment for the untouchables, India’s lowest caste, and he underwent several fasts to support the cause. He called the
untouchables harijans, which means "children of God."
He was the man of peace, but ironically he never won the Nobel Peace Prize, although he was nominated 5 times for it, in 1937, 1938, 1939 and
1947. Mahatma Gandhi was chosen for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1948, but he was assassinated before it was conferred to him. In response to this,
the Nobel Committee decided not to award the Peace Prize for that year.
Mahatma Gandhi was named Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1930 and was also the runner-up for Time’s Person of the century.
A stamp was released in Britain honoring Gandhi’s 100th Birthday, even though Gandhi had spent his entire life pushing the Britishers for India’s independence.
Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, Nathuram Godse, was raised as a girl for the first few years of his life due to a superstition that his family
had that their male children were cursed.
In November 2013, Gandhi’s Charkha was auctioned for 110,000 pounds (1,05,39,915 Indian Rupee). He used it at the Yerwada Jail in Pune when he
was arrested during the Quit India Movement. His last was also sold for £20,000 (19,16,506 Indian Rupee).