Gandhi Jayanti Special: 10 Shocking Facts about Babu

Gandhi Jayanti Special: 10 Shocking Facts about Babu

Gandhi Jayanti Special: 10 Shocking Factsabout Babu

On2 October 2019, the whole nation will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary ofMahatma Gandhi; internationally this day is celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence asBabu was the preacher of non-violence. He is a symbol of peace and truth.

Gandhijiwas born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar,Gujarat and known as the Father of Nation because of his persistent paramountefforts for India's Independence. He started the 'Satyagraha' (non-violence) movement for the Indian freedomstruggle. He was the flag bearer in achieving independence for India fromBritish rule.  Besides, he proved to theworld that freedom can be achieved through the path of total non-violence.

Despitehis death, Gandhi has become immortalized in our heart as a hero of humanrights and synonymous with the act of peaceful protest. He continues to inspirenonviolent human rights movements all around the world.

MahatmaGandhi has been a subject of deep study in India and outside. In honour ofGandhi's legacy, find here some unknown facts about him:

  • Marriage at Early Age

Gandhihad got married when he was just 13 years old with 14-year-old bride Kasturbain 1882. Initially, the couple wasn't too fond of each other but with time theyfound common ground. The death of their first child made Gandhiji a strongopponent of child marriage.

  • Time Person of the Year

In1930 Gandhi became has been distinguished with the "Time Person of theYear" title. That time, he was the first and only Indian (so far) toachieve that title.

  • Starting of Gandhi's Life as an activist

Veryfew people know that Gandhi got his start as an activist in South Africa, notIndia.  When he was in South Africa afterwatching the bad condition of people, Gandhi begin campaigning for the civilrights of Indians in South Africa and came up with "Satyagraha", or nonviolent resistance. After returning to India, hedid the same here.

  • Nominated for Nobel Peace prize

MahatmaGandhi was the man of peace, but he never won the Nobel Peace Prize, although he was nominated 5 times for it- in1937, 1938, 1939, and 1947. Even in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was selected for thePrize, but he was assassinated before it was conferred to him.

  • Father of the Nation Title

 The title "Father of the Nation" to Gandhiji was given by Subhas Chandra Bose on 6th July 1944 when the Indian National Army started its march to Delhi.

  • The Spiritual Wife

Once, Gandhiji fell for Saraladevi Choudhurani, Rabindranath Tagore 's niece. He was highly attracted to her. He had written a letter to a friend telling her 'My Spiritual Wife.'

  • Gandhi's Image in Indian Rupees

Since1996, Mahatma Gandhi's image has appeared on all denominations of Indianrupees.

  • Road Names on Mahatma Gandhi

Ifwe exclude the smaller ones, there are 53 major roads in India and 48 roadsoutside India that are named after Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Gandhi's Autobiography

Gandhiwrote his autobiography in Gujarati titled "An Autobiography of My Experiments With Truth". Later, Shri MahadevDesai had translated it into English. HarperCollins Publishers had declaredthis book as one of the '100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20thCentury'.

  • Friday Special

Itmay be a coincidence but notable that Gandhiji was born on Friday, India gotits freedom on Friday, and he was assassinated on Friday.

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