Gandhi ji is considered as one of the important titans of the international peace movement. We are sure you are well aware about the contributions he made to help India achieve its freedom from the British rule. He is considered as one of the great powers of a humanist messengers just like Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.
To put it in more simpler terms let us tell you that Mahatma Gandhi was the man of the people and believed to live among the people. He was a national and both the spiritual leader and is always till date considered as a great and global ambassador of peace. His message was universal and was heard across all national boundaries.
As we celebrate the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, we have dug up a few interesting facts about the amazing man and have also busted a few myths about him. We are sure that while we praise him so much for his
Born in the year 1868 in an area called as Porbandar which now belongs to the state of Gujarat, Gandhiji was a household name during the freedom struggle of India.
Here are some interesting facts you must know about him:
His name was not Mahatma
This is one of the most common and enduring myth that have surrounded his name. The truth is Gandhiji’s name was never Mahatma. His birth name was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and the term Mahatma was added as an honorary mention as he developed a great reputation as a spiritual leader. Most devotees of Mahatma Gandhi termed him as a great soul and that is why honored him with the word Mahatma.
He began his career as a political activist however his spiritual identity was something which caught the eye of the people. At this point of time he began to evolve a style of religious inspired activism and created political awareness among the people. He was someone who is prepared to acknowledge every branch of faith and preach the ideal that adherence to a specific faith was less important than having a spiritual identity.
While there are various theories which state when Gandhi began to be known as Mahatma it is generally accepted that the title was employed to him in the year 1915 by Rabindranath Tagore as an honorific gesture. This name gained a lot of popularity in no time and that is how Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi yesterday well known as Mahatma Gandhi all across the world.
Gandhi married as a child
During the early 1800, the concept of arrange marriage was not unique in India. Gandhi ji and his wife Kasturba married at the age of 13 as they were engaged at the age of seven. His wife did not have a very easy life considering the lifestyle they had to lead and for the most part of the married life they lived apart. They had four sons after the marriage.
His political activism started in South Africa
Very few people know this fact that in the year 1888 Mahatma Gandhi left his country in order to study law in England. However when he returned back to his homeland he had a lot of difficulty in planning employment as a lawyer in India. For this reason he travelled to South Africa in the year 1893 there an Indian firm hired him as on a one-year contract basis for legal work.
South Africa at that time was under the control of the British and the Dutch. Being an Indian he had encountered discrimination based on his caste and skin color a lot of times. This mistreatment did not go well with him and he decided to develop his concept of Satyagraha or nonviolence resistance in South Africa. He was also arrested and imprisoned a number of times in South Africa. He remained in South Africa and till 1914 and afterwards returned to India. When he returned to India he became a transformative figure which helped in leading the nonviolence movement for his homelands independence.
In never won a noble peace prize
An interesting fact about Mahatma Gandhi is that despite being a man of peace he never won any noble peace prize. However he was nominated for a noble peace prize in the year 1937, 1938, and 1939 and in 1947. He was also nominated in 1948 the year when he was assassinated however he was never best toad upon with any peace award. In the year 1989, the 14th Dalai Lama who received the Nobel peace prize award considered it as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and expressed his regret that he had never been given the price which he was much worthy of.
Mahatma Gandhi and Indira Gandhi are not related
While it is true that Mohandas Gandhi and Indira Gandhi both share the same last name they weren’t related. Indira Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru who was the first prime minister of India. After Indira Gandhi was murdered she was succeeded as Prime Minister by her son Rajiv.
Heyraahi hope these facts help you understand our Father of the Nation in a much better way!
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