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31 Unknown facts about Mahatma Gandhi that will surprise you!

Interesting and Unknown facts about Mahatma Gandhi 

Mahatma Gandhi : Father of the Nation


Live as if you were to die tomorrow.” doesn't mean you should be reckless, it means to Live FULLY today, because you are not guaranteed tomorrow. It means to give your all today. To Live today, how you want to be remembered tomorrow.


Mahatma Gandhi did things that were inspirational to us throughout life. Things that nobody thought he could do and made sure that he lived up to this line said by him. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow.Learn as if you were to live forever.


The following facts are about “Father of India” Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) that are mostly unknown:


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1. Mahatma Gandhi walked/traveled almost 18 kilometers a day throughout his lifetime. Totaling approximate 80K during his campaigns from 1913 to 1938. This distance is enough to walk around the whole world twice over.

2. His birthday is celebrated as national holiday in India. It is also celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.

3. "Father of the Nation". This sentence was first used by an Indian Freedom Fighter Subhash Chandra Bose on 6th July, 1944 to honor Mahatma Gandhi, when the Indian National Army started its march to Delhi.

4. Most relics of Mahatma Gandhi including the clothes he wore when he was shot are still preserved in Gandhi Museum located in Madurai.

5. Steve Jobs was a fan of Mahatma Gandhi – his round glasses are not only similar but also a tribute.


6. There are 53 main roads [excluding the smaller ones] in India, and 48 roads outside India that are named after Mahatma Gandhi.

7. Mahatma Gandhi was responsible for the Civil Rights movement in 4 Continents and 12 Countries.

8. Mahatma Gandhi was the 1930 Time Magazine Man of the Year.

9. Gandhi lived in South Africa between 1893 and 1915; he leads a series of campaigns for the rights of the Indian minority. At that time, he was no advocate of racial equality. His aim was to ensure that Indians were not treated on the same level as Africans, who he referred to in his writings as “kaffirs”.

10. Subhash Chandra Bose once said: If I give a call then 20 lakh people would come, but if Mahatma Gandhi gives a call then 20 crore would come.


11. Gandhi salary as a lawyer, adjusted for inflation would be Rs. 1213960/year today. This would put him in the upper 5% of the income group, which he gave up to join Congress.

12. Mahatma was a football aficionado he founded football clubs in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg all of which were given the same name: Passive Resisters Soccer Club, while he was working there as a lawyer in the rough time period of two decades between 1893-1915.

13. Mahatma Gandhi corresponded with a lot of people – Tolstoy, Einstein and Hitler were among the many. Gandhi wrote to directly to Hitler to appeal for peace, addressing the Fuehrer as “Dear Friend” in a letter on December 24 1940. “We have no doubt about your bravery or devotion to your fatherland, nor do we believe that you are the monster described by your opponents,” wrote Gandhi. “But your own writings and pronouncements and those of your friends and admirers leave no room for doubt that many of your acts are monstrous and unbecoming of human dignity, especially in the estimation of men like me who believe in universal friendliness.” Gandhi wrote to directly to Hitler to appeal for peace, addressing the Fuehrer as “Dear Friend” in a letter on December 24 1940. “We have no doubt about your bravery or devotion to your fatherland, nor do we believe that you are the monster described by your opponents,” wrote Gandhi. “But your own writings and pronouncements and those of your friends and admirers leave no room for doubt that many of your acts are monstrous and unbecoming of human dignity, especially in the estimation of men like me who believe in universal friendliness.” 

14. Mahatma Gandhi served in the army during the Boer war – he crusaded against violence since the time he realized the actual horrors of war. 

15. Mahatma Gandhi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize five times. But the committee regrets not giving him the Nobel Peace prize to this day.


16. Gandhi is the source of inspiration to most number of Nobel Peace prize winners - at least 6 winners have attributed their principles and methods to him. 

17. Gandhi was arrested 14 times and spent a total of 6 years in prison. 



18. Great Britain, the country against whom he fought for independence, released a stamp to honor Mahatma Gandhi, 21 years after his death.

19. Mahatma Gandhi spoke English with an Irish accent, for one of his first teachers was an Irishman.

20. Gandhi has influenced almost all leaders of the 20th century. Some include - Martin Luther King, Syu Ki, Nelson Mandela and many more.


21. Mahatma Gandhi never celebrated our independence.

22. Mahatma Gandhi was not present during Nehru’s tryst of destiny speech to celebrate independence. He was in Kolkata fasting for religious harmony. 

23. The funeral procession of Mahatma Gandhi was 8 kilometres long. 

24. He never held an official position in any political body during the final years of his life. 

25. He was thinking of dissolving the Congress a day before he died. 


26. As a percentage of population, Mahatma Gandhi still holds the record for most number of people attending a leaders political gathering. When he held a public meeting, upto 80% of the local population showed up. 

27. Mahatma Gandhi had a set of false teeth, which he carried in a fold of his loin cloth. 

28. Gandhi opposed the British war effort and launched the “Quit India” campaign in 1942. However, when independence came in 1947, it coincided with India’s partition and the birth of Pakistan. Gandhi refused to celebrate the event, devoting Independence Day to prayer and fasting. 

29. Shortly after returning to India, he proposed a toast to the British Empire at a dinner of the Madras Bar Association in March 1915, saying: “I discovered the British Empire had certain ideas with which I have fallen in love and one of those ideals is that every subject of the British Empire has the freest scope for his energies and efforts.” 

30. After the Amritsar massacre, Gandhi decided that India must achieve full independence. He led the mass protests of 1919-22 and then the salt march of 1930. This caused the British to promise India a measure of self-government in 1931, but not full independence. 

31. Gandhi supported Britain during the First World War and, as late as 1918, joined a government campaign for Indians to volunteer for the British Army.



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