21 Facts About Gandhi Everyone Should Know

The honorific Mahatma- “high-souled” or “venerable” was the title bestowed upon Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1914 by Rabindranath Tagore. Since then, he is known by many different names including “Father of the Nation” and “Bapu.” Born and raised in a Hindu Family and trained in Law at London, he actively led India in its struggle for freedom against the British Rule. Mahatma Gandhi’s life achievement stands unique in India’s political history. Let’s find out some more interesting facts about Mahatma Gandhi, the leader whose teachings has inspired millions:Mahatma Gandhi
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1. Gandhi Had An Irish Accent

Gandhi spoke English with a tinge of an Irish accent; because one of his first English teachers was Irish.
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2. He Walked The Entire Earth Twice!

During India’s struggle for freedom, Gandhi 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.
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3. Experiments With Smoking And Meat-Eating!

Mahatma Gandhi At A Dinner In Paris
Mahatma Gandhi At A Dinner In Paris

Gandhi experimented with smoking with his elder brother, but he soon quit smoking; finding it distasteful. Then he experimented with meat-eating with a Muslim friend; as he was convinced that the English were able to rule India because they ate meat. He disclosed all these secrets in his autobiography- My Experiments With Truth.
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4. Failed As A Lawyer

Mahatma Gandhi As A Lawyer
Mahatma Gandhi As A Lawyer

This magnetic leader wasn’t a convincing lawyer. He couldn’t carry on his practice as a lawyer in India due to his poor ability to cross-question his witnesses or put up speeches. In fact, while delivering a speech, his knees and hands would often tremble.
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5. Served In The British Army!

During his early days in South Africa, he served voluntarily in the British Army in the Zulu War and Boer-War as the stretcher bearer. Gandhi also supported the British in their war efforts during the First World War.
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6. Dear Friend, Hitler!

Mahatma Gandhi's Letter To Adolf Hitler
Mahatma Gandhi’s Letter To Adolf Hitler

In 1939, he wrote a request letter to Hitler to avoid the Second World War, but it never reached its intended recipient; because of an intervention by the British Government.
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7. Pro-Active Journalist

Mahatma Gandhi Books
Mahatma Gandhi Books

During his 40 years of struggle, Gandhi wrote around 10 million words, i.e., around 700 words every day, which covered from politics to social issues like abolishing child marriage, prohibition of alcohol, untouchability, cleanliness, and nation-building. He also worked as an editor for several English, Hindi, and Gujarati newspapers in India as well as South Africa including the Harijan, Indian Opinion (South Africa), and Young India.
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8. From Friday To Friday

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.
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9. A Noble Man Without A Nobel!


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. Even, 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.
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10. Mock-up Smile


He used to carry a set of false teeth in the fold of his loincloth and would use it only while eating.
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11. Rama Effect

As he was timid by nature, his servant advised him to chant the sacred name of Lord Rama to get rid of his fears. As a result, he succeeded all his fears. It was a rebirth of his spiritual side.
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12. Mahatma Gandhi- Literally, A Way Of Life!

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Around 53 major roads in India and 48 roads around the other parts of the world are named after him.
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13. Time Magazine’s Person Of The Year!

Mahatma Gandhi Time Man of the Year
Mahatma Gandhi Time Man of the Year

Mahatma Gandhi was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year in 1930 and was also the runner-up for Time’s Person of the Century.
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14. Honored By His Archaic Rival!

Mahatma Gandhi Stamp Released By The British Government In 1969
Mahatma Gandhi Stamp Released By The British Government In 1969

A stamp was released in Britain; honoring Gandhi’s 100th Birthday, even though Gandhi had spent his entire life pushing the Britishers to leave India.
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15. The Costliest Spinning Wheel!

Mahatma Gandhi Spinning A Wheel
Mahatma Gandhi Spinning A Wheel

In November 2013, Gandhi’s ‘Charkha’ was auctioned for 110,000 pounds. He used it at the Yerwada Jail in Pune when he was arrested during the Quit India Movement.
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16. His Experiments With Truth

Mahatma Gandhi Autobiography My Experiments With Truth
Mahatma Gandhi Autobiography My Experiments With Truth

Gandhi wrote his autobiography in Gujarati. His personal assistant, Shri Mahadev Desai, had translated it into English. The autobiography titled “An Autobiography of My Experiments With Truth” was declared as one of the ‘100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century’ by HarperCollins Publishers.
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17. The Passive Resisters!

Mahatma Gandhi In Football Team In 1913
Mahatma Gandhi In Football Team In 1913

No! It wasn’t another one of Gandhi’s Movements. Gandhi had established 3 football clubs in Durban, Pretoria, and Johannesburg; all of which were given the same name: Passive Resisters Soccer Club.
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18. Gandhiji’s Spiritual Wife!

In the mid-years of his life, he fell for Saraladevi Choudhurani, niece of legendary poet Rabindranath Tagore and a Bengali nationalist activist. Gandhi’s attraction to her was such that he even confessed that he was toying with breaking his own rules. Gandhi wrote to a friend calling her ‘My Spiritual Wife.’
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19. Always Traveled In A Third Class

Mahatma Gandhi Stepping Down From A Train
Mahatma Gandhi Stepping Down From A Train

Though he always traveled in a Third Class, Mahatma Gandhi’s arrival at any Railway Station was a source of rejoicing.
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20. When He Criticized His Wife

Kasturba Gandhi Washing The Feet Of Mahatma Gandhi
Kasturba Gandhi Washing The Feet Of Mahatma Gandhi

In his article titled, “My Sorrow, My Shame,” Gandhi had highlighted the shortcomings of some of the inmates, including his wife Kasturba at his ashram in Ahmedabad in Gujarat. He criticized her for hiding some gifts and money presented to the Ashram by several guests and visitors.
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21. Slept With Nude Women

Mahatma Gandhi Leaning On Two Women
Mahatma Gandhi Leaning On Two Women

For his so-called celibacy test, Mahatma Gandhi used to sleep with nude women and nubiles. Once, he also took his grandniece, Manu, to bed to test his experiments.
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