The Father of Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as “Bapu” is the ideal man of Ahimsa (non-violence) and Satya (truth). He was a man who not only contributed in India’s freedom struggle but also inspired a lot of people across the world and raised the voice against discrimination that was happening on the bases of caste, color, and religion. He was a man who gave a strong message among the masses, “Be the change you wish to see in the world“.
We think we know a lot of things about this man, but we know very little about his life. Read on to know a few more unknown facts about him:
The Great Britain, it was the country against whom Mahatma Gandhi fought for independence alone, released a stamp honoring him, 21 years after his death.
It is said that Mahatma Gandhi walked nearly about 18 kilometers everyday throughout his lifetime. This is enough to walk around the world twice.
Mahadev Desai was Gandhi’s personal secretary.
Gandhi ji and famous author Leo Tolstoy interacted with each other through letters.
Gandhi did set up a small colony and named it as Tolstoy Farm at an 1100 acre site, 21 miles from Johannesburg, South Africa for his colleagues in the Satyagraha struggle.
Gandhi not only struggled and fought for Independence but also demanded for a fair treatment for the untouchables and lower castes. He also coined a new term for untouchables as harijans meaning “children of God”.
When Jawaharlal Nehru was giving tryst of destiny speech to celebrate independence, Gandhi ji was not present at that time.
Gandhi ate fruit, nuts, and seeds for five years but switched back to strict vegetarianism after suffering health problems. He spent decades experimenting with food, logging the results, and tweaking his eating choices. He wrote a book named The Moral Basis of Vegetarianism.
Mahatma Gandhi started three football clubs called Passive Resisters Soccer Club in Durban, Pretoria, and Johannesburg.
In 1930 Gandhi became the first and only Indian (so far) who has been distinguished with the “Time Person of the Year” title.
This Gandhi Jayanti let us all remember this great man and follow and implement all his teachings with heart.