10 facts about Mahatma Gandhi
- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the pre-eminent political and spiritual leader of india
during the Indian independence movement.
- Mahatma Gandhi went to England when he was 19 to study law.
- Gandhi is officially honoured in India as the Father of the
Nation; his birthday, 2 October, is commemorated there as Gandhi
Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International
Day of Non-Violence.
- Mahatma literally translates to ‘great soul’ in Sanskrit.
- Time Magazine, the famous U.S. publication, named Mahatma
Gandhi the Man of the Year in 1930.
- In 1930 Mahatma Gandhi led hundreds of followers on a 240-mile
march to the sea, where they made salt from seawater in protest
against the British salt law, which made it illegal to possess
salt not bought from the government.
- Mahatma Gandhi experimented with diets to see how cheaply he
could live and remain healthy. He started living principally on
fruit and goats’ milk and olive oil.
- Mahatma Gandhi spoke English with an Irish accent, for one of
his first teachers was an Irishman.
- On 30 January 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was shot and killed on the
grounds of the Birla Bhavan (Birla House) in New Delhi.
- Gandhi’s policy of Satyagraha, based largely on Hinduism, was
influenced by many diverse sources, including Christ, Leo
Tolstoy, and Henry David Thoreau.