Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) was one of the greatest and peace-loving souls in this world. He was a lawyer by profession, but he fought for his country and nation for the freedom of his people. However, his fight was non-violence since he was against violence and promoted peace. Gandhi was highly educated and completed his Law education from London, but he led a normal and average life, and the fact is he was a vegetarian for the purification of his body and mind.
Gandhi was a great leader and always fought for the rights of people not only in India but also in South Africa as well.
Short Info About Mahatma Gandhi
- Real Name: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
- Nick Name: Bapu / Mahatma / Gandhiji
- Profession: Lawyer / Journalist / Author / Politician / Freedom Fighter (India)
- Date of Birth: 2nd October 1869
- Date of Death: January 30, 1948
- Height: 1.64 meters
- Weight: 46.7 kg
- Eye Color: Black
- Hair Color: Bald
- Wife: Kasturbai Makhanji Kapadia
- Parents: Karamchand Gandhi (Father) and Putlibai Gandhi (Mother)
- Wiki Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahatma_Gandhi
- Facebook profile or page: https://www.facebook.com/mahatma.gandhiji
- Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/mahatmagandhiii?lang=en
- Official Website: https://www.mkgandhi.org/
Early Life of Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2nd October 1869 in Porbandar, British India. His was father Karamchand Gandhi and his mother was Putlibai. His mother was the fourth wife of Karamchand Gandhi. His first two wives gave birth to a daughter, and for an unknown reason, they died. Mahatma Gandhi’s father was a Diwan, more specifically the Chief Minister of Porbandar at that time.
Mahatma Gandhi was a peace-loving soul, and he was so much inspired by his devout mother that he chose the path of vegetarianism, non-violence, and fasting for the purpose of self-purification.
Mahatma Gandhi was an average student in his school days, and he passed his matriculation from the college named Samaldas College that is located in Bhavnagar State in 1887. However, he was not happy and satisfied with his college life at all. But, he had to do it anyway because his family wanted him to a barrister, and he did become one. He went to London at the time he was 18 years old in 1888 so that he could study in Law. But, London wasn’t able to change him at all, and he led a normal life in the city with peace.
Mahatma Gandhi was a lawyer by profession. He started his career as a lawyer in the Indian Community in South Africa for the civil rights of Indians. At that time, the condition of the Indian community in South Africa was not that good, so he started to fight for their rights.
Mahatma Gandhi returned to India in July 1914. After his return, he saw the condition of India and also saw the excess tax and other disobedience. So, he formed a movement along with all poor laborers and farmers and protested against overbearing tax and widespread discrimination as well.
At the time the Indian National Congress comes to leadership, Mahatma Gandhi started to talk about important issues around India like poverty, women’s freedom, remove caste system, economic prosperity, creating brotherhood around all ethnic groups in India, etc. But honestly, all those were “Swaraj” that is free India and Indians from foreign domination.
Gandhi led the first March against the British in 1930. He led 400 km March, which was the Dandi Salt March. It was against the salt tax in India, but honestly, it was the first attempt against the British rulers. In Gandhi’s life, he was imprisoned many times whether it’s in India or South Africa. But, he never showed violence, and he led a normal and peaceful life. His lifestyle and non-violent theory were so inspiring that it inspired the American President Martin Luther King Jr.
Mahatma Gandhi got married at a very early age; more specifically he was only 13 years old at that time. But, he got married to a girl named Kasturbai Makhanji Kapadia who was one year elder than Gandhi (14 years old at that time). Gandhi’s marriage so was early and it was beyond his understanding at that time what marriage is. At that time, he only grasped the sense of wearing new clothes, playing, and eating sweets.
Gandhi’s early marriage did a great impact on his study. He lost a year of schooling due to his marriage. But, in the end, his wife gave birth to four sons; Manilal, Harilal, Devdas, and Ramdas.
Unknown Facts about Mahatma Gandhi
There are many facts about Gandhi that many people don’t know, which are:
- Law Exam – Mahatma Gandhi passed his law examination on 12th January 1891.
- Handwriting – Gandhi completed his law schooling from London, and he was very famous in his Faculty his bad handwriting.
- Mahatma Title – The honorific title that Gandhi has was given to him in 1914.
- Rupees – Gandhi’s image was printed and appeared in all Denominations of Indian Rupees since 1996.
- Gandhi’s Ashes – The Urn that contained the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi is now at a Shrine in Los Angeles.
- Nobel Prize – Mahatma Gandhi got the nomination for Nobel Peace Prize 5 times. All that because he was a peace-loving soul and always worked for peace.
- Funeral – Mahatma Gandhi’s funeral was 8 kilometers long, and thousands of people gathered at his funeral as well.
- Dissolving – A day before his death, Gandhi was thinking about dissolving Congress.
Favorites of Gandhi
All Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite things are:
- Food – Some of Gandhi’s favorite foods are beat-root, pumpkin, dal chawal, and brinjal.
- Place – Sabarmati Ashram, which is located on the banks of the Sabarmati River.
- Bhajan – Vaishnav Jan To.
- Political Leader – Gopal Krishna Gokhle.
- Persons – His mother and Gautama Buddha, and Harishchandra.
Mahatma Gandhi quotes
Some Mahatma Gandhi quotes that will inspire you.
If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do.
A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.
I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.
An ounce of practice is worth a thousand words.
A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served.
If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.
Hate the sin, love the sinner.
Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love.
Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.
The future depends on what you do today.
To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.
It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
You don’t know who is important to you until you actually lose them.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.
I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self-respect.
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Mahatma Gandhi died on 30th January 1948. He died at the Gandhi Smriti, which was former Birla House located in New Delhi, Delhi, India. He died because Nathuram Godse (killer) shot him on Gandhi’s chest with three bullets from his Beretta 9 mm pistol at point-blank range.