Mahatma Gandhi is probably one of the greatest men in the Indian history, born on 2 October 1869, he went on to become one of the most important leaders of India. Originally named Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, he was born and raised in a Hindu merchant caste family in coastal Gujarat, India, and went on to train in law at the Inner Temple, London. Gandhi was a big believer oof non-violence and hence his birthday, 2 October, is commemorated in India as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Nonviolence. Today on Gandhi Jayanti, here are some lesser known facts about this great leader.
Mahatma Gandhi was a bit of a faddist and food reformer, he spent 35 years experimenting with his dietary regime in an effort to find the perfect vegetarian diet.
He was nominated 5 times for Noble Peace Prize
Mahatma Gandhi started three football clubs called Passive Resisters Soccer Club in Durban, Pretoria, and Johannesburg.
Gandhi Ji was responsible for the Civil Rights movement in 4 continents and 12 countries.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi walked almost 18 kilometers a day throughout his lifetime.
He used fasting and threats of suicide during India’s freedom movement to force the British controlled government to meet his demands. His longest fasts lasted twenty-one days.
As a young man, Gandhi was very shy, that did not change even when he began practicing law in 1891. His first law practice in Bombay failed, because of stage fright and hw could not publicly present cases in court. Gandhi overcame this fear during his time in South Africa.
Great Britain, the country against whom Gandhi fought for independence released a stamp honouring him after 21 years of his death.
Gandhi believed in 'make in India' over British goods, so in efforts to put that in action he encouraged women to actively participate in the Indian freedom movement, Gandhi invented a small, portable spinning wheel to make the task less cumbersome. It was part of a larger effort to boycott all British products and services.
Mahatma Gandhi spoke English with an Irish accent, for one of his first teachers was an Irishman