25 Interesting Facts About Mahatma Gandhi

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Here are 25 interesting Mahatma Gandhi facts.

1. Mahatma Gandhi led a nonviolent protest known as the Dandi Salt March to protest a salt tax. Gandhi and his followers hiked to the Arabian Sea where they boiled sea water to make their own salt. – Source

2. Mahatma Gandhi used to travel with his goat so that he could have fresh milk. – Source

3. In 1948, the Nobel Peace prize was awarded to no one as “there was no suitable living candidate.” They did this in tribute to Mahatma Gandhi after he had been nominated that year but died before anyone was chosen. – Source

4. A quote expressing the importance of gun ownership for self-defense, “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” Was spoken by Mahatma Gandhi. – Source

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

6. Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin, Nathuram Godse, was raised as a girl for the first few years of his life due to a superstition that his family had that their male children were cursed. – Source

7. Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin is seen as a patriot by many Indians. This has led to attempts to create a glowing documentary of him, install busts in his likeness in political buildings, and even build a temple in his honor. – Source

8. “Mahatma” is not Gandhi’s first name. It’s a title he was given that means “great soul.” – Source

9. Mahatma Gandhi once set up a commission to investigate a reincarnation claim. A little girl started to remember a past life and she correctly identified her former husband, her son that she died giving birth to, the village she once lived in, former relatives, and her husband’s occupation. – Source

10. Mahatma Gandhi felt the Jewish victims of the Holocaust should have committed mass suicide. – Source

11. Although being considered the strongest symbol of non-violence in the 20th century, Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Prize. He was nominated 5 times for the prize. – Source

12. Mahatma Gandhi put a 5 rupees fee on his autograph in order to fund his various programs since the British who controlled the funding were unwilling to help him. – Source

13. Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and himself an activist, was so shocked on learning that government of India had granted $25 million to the production of the 1982 movie ‘Gandhi’ that he wrote an article condemning the grant. – Source

14. There are more roads in the Netherlands named after Mahatma Gandhi than those in India. – Source

15. Mahatma Gandhi was the founder of 3 football clubs in South Africa. – Source

16. Mahatma Gandhi once wrote a letter to Hitler, appealing him to stop the war. Gandhi referred to him as “dear friend”. – Source

17. At the Boer War battle of Spion Kop, Winston Churchill as a 23-year-old war correspondent, stretcher bearer Mahatma Gandhi, and Boer General Louis Botha all fought at the same time before they went on to shape history. – Source

18. Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson is a member of the Kansas Legislature. – Source

19. Mahatma Gandhi actively tried to convince Ethnic Indians in South Africa to help the British war effort against Zulu revolts; he even later claimed that it was just a British man hunt. – Source

20. Mahatma Gandhi wrote “… I do not consider Hitler to be as bad as he is depicted. He is showing an ability that is amazing and seems to be gaining his victories without much bloodshed.” – Source

21. Great Britain, the country against whom he fought for independence, released a stamp honouring him, 21 years after his death. – Source

22. Mahatma Gandhi fought for the establishment of Islamic Caliphate in Middle East. – Source

23. Mahatma Gandhi ate absolutely no food and only took sips of water for 21 days, and survived. – Source

24. In his last years, Mahatma Gandhi would sleep with nubile teen girls to prove his celibacy and to test libidinous urges. – Source

25. Charlie Chaplin got the idea for Modern Times(1936) partly from a discussion with Mahatma Gandhi on modern technology. – Source