Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aka Mahatma Gandhi is a person without whom India would never have attained freedom. He not only made it an independent country but also promoted peace in the entire world. No wonder, he is called the father of the nation. We all know most of the major facts about the ‘Bapu’ of India but there are a few unsaid and untold facts about him that we are still unaware of. Let’s go through those facts to know more about Gandhi, the father of India.
The following are 16 facts about Mahatma Gandhi that are mostly unknown:
- He was a five-time nominee for the Nobel Prize but never got any. The committee still regrets that it could never give him the award as awarding a Nobel Prize to a person who is no more is not allowed.
- Mahatma Gandhi was the one who was responsible for the civil rights movement in twelve countries and four continents.
- Bapu’s funeral march was close to eight kilometers long.
- Twenty-one years after his death, the Great Britain released a stamp with his picture to honor him.
- Mahatma Gandhi used to either walk or travel for eighteen kilometers every day throughout his lifetime.
- During the Boer war, Gandhi worked with the army and it was the main reason why he was against violence because he knew about the consequences of war.
- He was loved by the entire world and the proof is that he used to correspond with people like Tolstoy, Hitler and Einstein etc.
- When JL Nehru was giving his speech after independence, Bapu was not there because he was fasting for religious harmony in Kolkata.
- Madurai’s Gandhi museum has preserved the most important belongings of Mahatma Gandhi, clothes that he was wearing when he was shot being one of them.
- In the final years of his life, he didn’t take part in the activities of any political parties or bodies.
- Gandhi had decided to dissolve the Congress party a day before his demise.
- Mahatma Gandhi garnered fans not just in India but in the US also. Steve Jobs being one of them. He used to wear round glasses as a tribute to the great man.
- He also had a set of false teeth that he used to carry but never wore.
- Gandhi had an Irish English accent because his first teacher was an Irishman.
- There are approximately 53 roads in India and 48 roads abroad after his name.
- As a fight against racial discrimination, he used to promote football. He established three clubs for football in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban with the same names, i.e., Passive Resisters Soccer Club.
As Mahatma Gandhi said, that live your life every day as if there is no tomorrow, he truly lived like that. The man lived his life only for others without regrets, always living and working for others. We salute to the man who taught us that peace is the only thing that can make this world a better place to live in.
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