Quick Facts on Mahatma Gandhi

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- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbander, in Gujarat.

- Gandhiji believed that arrogance and firmness are generally found together. The best way to overcome arrogance is by trying to refrain from reacting to opposition

- Gandhiji's father Karamchand Gandhi was a diwan in the Kathiawar Agency of British India and his mother Putlibai was a housewife

- The little house where Gandhi was born in Porbander is now known as the "Kirti Mandir"

- It is said that as a child, Gandhiji was afraid of ghosts, snakes and the dark

- Gandhiji got married to Kasturbai Makhanji at the young age of 13 years. Later on his wife's name was shortened to Kasturba

- Gandhiji was a very simple person. He did all his work himself. He used to make his own clothes i.e. the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl woven from thread made on a charkha 

- Gandhiji professed, "Though we may know Him (god) by a thousand names, he is one and the same to all of us"

- Gandhiji was a very creative writer and he edited several newspapers in Gujarati, Hindi and English languages 

- People called Gandhiji 'Bapu' with great affection

- Gandhiji often said, "Thought is the father of action. So guard your deeds and thoughts because when thought goes, action automatically goes with it.

- Gandhiji believed in two principles: Truth and Non-violence

- Gandhiji was also called 'Mahatma' which means 'great soul'

- Gandhi was shot and killed on January 30, 1948 by Nathuram Godse in New Delhi

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