Mahatma Gandhi, the world-famous personality born on October 2, will always live in the hearts of Indians. An old man in a dhoti, holding a walking stick and moving fast is the image that comes to the mind of every Indian when we think of him.
Not many of us know some facts about him. We are here to discuss some unknown facts about Mahatma Gandhi:
1-He Got Nobel Prize Nomination five times but never won
It is an irony that even after being nominated five times for the Nobel Prize, Mahatma Gandhi never won it. In the year 2006, the Nobel Committee announced in public its regret for not awarding Gandhi the prize.
2- He was Responsible for the Civil Rights Movement in 12 countries
In South Africa, he advocated for the civil rights of Indians. People all across the world, including famous civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, got inspiration from him. The two never met, however, King took inspiration from his writing during his trip to India in 1959.
3-He walked 79,000 kilometres during the freedom movement, enough to walk around the world twice
The health record revealed by the Government of India claimed that he was underweight, yet healthy and capable of walking 79000 km during India’s Freedom Movement.
In his Journal, NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul said, “Mahatma Gandhi was a quintessential naturopath.”
4- He was thinking of dissolving the Congress a day before his death
A few days after his assassination, an article published as the last will and testament revealed that he wanted to disband the Congress, as it had outlived its use.
5- Steve Jobs wore round glasses in tribute to Mahatma Gandhi
The round glasses of Steve Jobs were symbolic. Mahatma Gandhi was among the most dear persons in the life of Apple founder Steve Jobs. He always used to have a picture of Gandhi.
6- 53 major roads in India and 46 roads outside India are named after him
Most often you would have heard of M G Road. In almost all of India’s districts, there is an M G Road. It is the most used road names in India. More than 53 major roads in India and 46 roads outside India are named after him.
7-Mahatma title was given to him by the Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore
There was confusion among people about the person who gave Mohandas Gandhi the title of the Mahatma. Now there is no confusion, it was Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore who gave the title of Mahatma to Mohandas. Most of us who knew didn’t need a court ruling though.
8- The funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi was 8 kilometres long
It was a historic moment in the world. The funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi held in Delhi was joined by one million people was 8 kilometres long, and it went for hours.
Our warm wishes on Gandhi Jayanti.