Mahatma Gandhi, The father of our nation. He is not just recognized in India but in the entire world. He fought for the Independence of our country by following the doctrines of Ahimsa or non-violence and was the chief architect of the current state of the nation. Today we are going to talk about some very less known facts about Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi that you may find astonishing. You might be knowing him as the one on our currency, But you might not be knowing these facts about him.
International Day for Non-Violence is observed on his birthday.
The United Nations General assembly decided to observe the “International Day for Non-Violence” every year on 2nd October, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Since, non-violence, tolerance, respect for all humans, and fundamental freedom for all should be a common attribute for all democracies, UN invited all the member states to commemorate this day and spread the message of non-violence.
Pravasi Bharat Diwas is celebrated on the day when he returned from South Africa.
Pravasi Bharat Diwas (Non-resident Indian’s day) is celebrated on 9th January every year to mark the contribution of the Indian’s residing outside the country towards the development of the nation. The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Bombay on 9th January 1915.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi published an English weekly journal from 1919 to 1932
Young India was the journal in which Mahatma Gandhi penned all of greatest quotes. This journal was a great source of inspiration for all the youth at that time. He used this journal to spread his unique ideology of non-violence and requested everyone to stand against the British which would eventually lead them to Independence.
Gopal Krishna Gokhale was his political Guru.
Gopal Krishna Gokhale died very early and couldn’t witness India’s Independence. In an anthology written by Mahatma Gandhi, he mentioned him as his political and they shared a Guru-Shishya relation since the first time they met in Poona in 1896.
He was accorded the title of “Mahatma” by Rabindra Nath Tagore
The title of Mahatma (great soul) was accorded to him by Rabindra Nath Tagore in 1915. It was in response to Mahatma Gandhi conferring him with the title of Guru Dev (great teacher).
He was nominated 5 times for The Nobel Peace Prize.
Mahatma Gandhi was nominated 5 times for the Nobel Peace Prize. He is considered the greatest symbol of non-violence till date. He was nominated several times but was never awarded the prize.
He was named the Person of the Year by History Time magazine.
Mahatma Gandhi was named person of the year by Time magazine in 1930. It was exactly 12 months after Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s Indian National Congress declared India an Independent country. His legacy as a nationalist and a leader still lives in.
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