Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Mahatma Gandhi – Nutshell School
- Mahatma Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize 5 times
- M. K. Gandhi was responsible for the Civil Rights movement in 4 continents and 12 countries.
- The funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi was 8 kilometers long
- Great Britain, the country against whom he fought for independence, released a stamp honouring him, 21 years after his death
- Mahatma Gandhi walked/traveled almost 18 kilometers a day throughout his lifetime which is enough to walk around the world twice over
- Mahatma Gandhi corresponded with a lot of people – Tolstoy, Einstein and Hitl were among the many
- Gandhiji was not present during Nehru’s tryst of destiny speech to celebrate independence
- Most relics of Gandhiji including the clothes he wore when he was shot are still preserved in Gandhi Museum, Madurai
- He was thinking of dissolving the Congress a day before he died
- Steve Jobs was a fan of Mahatma Gandhi – his round glasses are not only similar but also a tribute
- Gandhiji had a set of false teeth, which he carried in a fold of his lo** cloth
- Mahatma Gandhi spoke English with an Irish accent, for one of his first teachers was an Irishman
- There are 53 major roads (excluding the smaller ones) in India, and 48 roads outside India that are named after him
Some More Interesting Facts about Mahatma Gandhi
1. Mahatma Gandhi’s mother tongue was Gujarati.
2. He did his schooling from Alfred High School, Rajkot.
3. His birthday (2nd October) is commemorated world-wide as International Day of Nonviolence.
4. He was the youngest child of his parents. He had 2 brothers and 1 sister.
5. Gandhi’s father was Hindu by religion and Modh Baniya by caste.
6. Mahadev Desai was Gandhi’s personal secretary.
7. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated in the garden of the former Birla House.
8. Gandhi ji and famous author Leo Tolstoy interacted with each other through letters.
9. Gandhi ji set up a small colony, Tolstoy Farm at an 1100 acre site, 21 miles from Johannesburg, South Africa for his colleagues in the Satyagraha struggle.
10. Gandhi ji was born on Friday, India got its freedom on Friday and Gandhi ji was assassinated on Friday.
11. He not only fought for Independence but also demanded fair treatment for the untouchables, lower caste and also done several fast in support of them. He also called untouchables as harijans meaning “children of God”.
12. Gandhi in 1982 is an epic historical drama film based on Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi won the Academic Award for best motion picture.
13. In 1930, he was the Time Magazine Man of the Year. He was a great writer and the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi have 50,000 pages.
14. Do you know that 5 times Mahatma Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
15. The country against whom he fought for India’s Independence, Great Britain, released a stamp honouring him, 21 years after his death.
16. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was not born with the title Mahatma. He was given the title to him by the Nobel Prize winning Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore.
17. When Jawaharlal Nehru was giving tryst of destiny speech to celebrate independence, Gandhi ji was not present at that time.
18. Mahatma Gandhi funeral procession was 8 kilometres long.
19. Reserve Bank of India issued The Gandhi series banknotes by displaying portrait of Mahatma Gandhi since its introduction in 1996. The series issued in 1996 is of 10 and 500 rupee banknotes.
20. In 1959, Gandhi Memorial Museum was established. It is located in the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, India. It is also known as Gandhi Museum. It consists of a blood stained garment which was worn by Mahatma Gandhi when he was assassinated by the Nathuram Godse.
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