Bhubaneswar: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi also called the Father of the Nation or Mahatma was known for his work during the Indian independence movement. He is popular across the world for his benevolence and principles.
Today as the world is celebrating his 152nd birth anniversary, let us look at some of the interesting facts related to the Mahatma.
1: Once Gandhi went to Shantiniketan, he wished Rabindranath Tagore ‘Namaste Gurudev’. Tagore replied spontaneously, ‘If I am Gurudev you are Mahatma,’ which was later taken on by his followers.
2: Mahatma Gandhi was responsible for the Civil Rights movement in 12 countries.
3: Gandhiji was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize 5 times, but never won it actually. He was nominated in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, and a few days before his assassination in 1948. Due to his assassination, before nominations closed, the Nobel Committee decided not to award the peace prize for that year stating that “there was no suitable living candidate”.
4: Mahatma Gandhi is the only Indian till today to achieve the ‘Person of the Year’ for his movements Salt Satyagraha or Dandi March in 1930.
5: Gandhi’s birthday is commemorated as the International Day of Non-Violence. Gandhi believed that the highest degree of consciousness was the sacrifice. To purify, Gandhi would fast. Satyagraha, meaning “holding on to truth,” or the “truth force” was what Gandhi developed as a form of passive, civil resistance.
6: Great Britain released a stamp honouring him 21 years after his death. Great Britain was the country against whom he fought for independence.
7: Mahatma Gandhi conversed with a lot of renowned people through letters including Leo Tolstoy, Albert Einstein, Adolf Hitler and Charlie Chaplin among many.
8: There are 53 major roads (excluding the smaller ones) in India and 48 roads outside India that are named after Mahatma Gandhi.
9: Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple Inc., was a fan of Mahatma Gandhi – his round glasses are not only similar but also a tribute to him.
10: Gandhi’s funeral procession was over 8 km long and a crowd of nearly 1 million people lined the procession along the Yamuna River.