Few facts about Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest man of India well known around the globe. Here are few interesting, as well as important facts about this great man.
- He wrote a letter to Adolf Hitler. In 1939, he wrote a request letter to Hitler to avoid war, but it never reached its intended recipient because of an intervention by the British government.
- During his 40 years of struggle, Gandhi wrote around 10 million words i.e. around 700 words every day. It covered politics like Independence to social issues like abolishing child marriage, prohibition of alcohol, untouchability, cleanliness and nation building. He also worked as an editor for several English, Hindi and Gujarati newspapers in India as well as South Africa, including the Harijan, Indian Opinion (South Africa) and the Young India.
- Mahatma Gandhi was the founder of 3 football clubs in South Africa.
- Mahatma Gandhi spoke English with an Irish accent, for one of his first teachers was an Irishman.
- During his movement, he used to walk around 18 km every day, nearly for 40 years. During his campaign from 1913 to 1938, he walked around 79,000 km, equivalent to encompassing the Earth twice.
- Gandhi experimented with smoking with his elder brother, but he soon quit smoking, finding it distasteful. Then he experimented with meat-eating with a Muslim friend as he was convinced that the tall and strong eat meat.
- Gandhi had a strange co-incidence with Friday, as Gandhi was born on Friday, India got its independence on Friday, and he was assassinated on Friday.
- He used to carry a set of false teeth in the fold of his lion cloth and would use it only while eating.
- Around 53 major roads in India and 48 roads around the other parts of the world are named after him.
- Gandhi wrote his autobiography in Gujarati. His personal assistant Shri Mahadev Desai had translated it into English. The autobiography titled “An Autobiography of My Experiments with Truth” was declared as one of the ‘100 Most Important Spiritual Books of the 20th Century’ by HarperCollins Publishers.