Mahatma Gandhi is the father of nation of India. He was the eminent leader of the Indian independence movement against British Raj in British ruled India. He was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat, India and died on January 30, 1948. Gandhiji has given many popular slogans and written a large number of books. He is one of the most popular global leaders in the history of mankind.
In this article, we have compiled a list of best, unknown, lesser known, interesting, important and mind blowing facts about Mahatma Gandhi. So, let’s see!
11 Interesting and Lesser Known Facts About Mahatma Gandhi
1. Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize Five Times
Mahatma Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace Prize in his lifetime. However, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for five times.
2. Responsible for Civil Rights Movement in 12 Countries and 4 Continents
Thanks to Mahatma Gandhi, 12 countries started civil rights movement.
3. Funeral Procession Was So Long!
Due to the popularity of Mahatma Gandhi, his funeral procession was about 8 kilometers long. It is one of the largest funeral processions in the world.
4. Great Britain Released A Stamp On Mahatma Gandhi!
Mahatma Gandhi fought against the British Rule i.e. Great Britain. After 21 years of Gandhiji’s death, Great Britain released a stamp to honour the great leader.
5. He Took Part in War!
It is one of the lesser known facts about Mahatma Gandhi. He participated in the Boer War. Thereafter, he realized the meaning of peace and horror of war.
6. Correspondence with other historical persons
Mahatma Gandhi was having good correspondence with other global leaders and historical persons at the time, such as Einstein, Adolf Hitler, Tolstoy, and other.
7. Last Cloth Preserved in Museum
Gandhiji’s last clothes (when he was shot dead) is preserved in Gandhi Museum, Madurai.
8. Thinking of Dissolving The Congress Party
A day before his death, he was thinking to dissolve the Congress party.
9. Always Carry A Set of False Teeth
It is one of the unknown facts about Mahatma Gandhi. He always carry a set of false teeth with him and fold in his loin cloth.
10. Number of Roads Named After Him
There are more than 53 major roads (excluding the smaller ones) in India are named after him. Even foreign countries are not behind in honouring him, about 48 majors roads outside India are named after him.
11. Regular Correspondence With Great Novelist
Did you know? Mahatma Gandhi was having regular correspondence with great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy.
Article first published on April 19, 2016.