Interesting Facts About Mahatma Gandhi

April 8th, 2012 No Comments   Posted in Andy Warhol

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Mahatma Gandhi, India’s Father of the Nation, led the country’s independence movement through ‘Satyagraha’, resistance to oppression through mass civil disobedience, and ‘ahimsa’, total non-violence. He has inspired movements for civil rights across the world.

Born on October 2, 1869, at Porbandar, Kathiawar in western Indian state of Gujarat, to Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai, he was married at the age of 13 to 14-year old Kasturbai Makhanji. He had four sons.

Gandhi first employed non-violent civil disobedience in South Africa, in the resident Indian community’s struggle for civil rights. After his return to India in 1915, he set about organising peasants, farmers, and urban labourers in protesting excessive land-tax and discrimination by the British government.

In 1921, he assumed the leadership of the Indian National Congress and led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, for expanding women’s rights, for building religious and ethnic amity, for ending untouchability, and above all for achieving the independence of India from foreign domination.

Gandhi led the Non-cooperation movement in 1922. To protest the British-imposed salt tax, he led the 400 km Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942. He was imprisoned for many years, on numerous occasions, in both South Africa and India.

Gandhi, a practitioner of non-violence and truth, advocated that others follow the principles. He lived modestly and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn he had hand spun on a charkha. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as means of both self-purification and social protest.

Gandhi was also a prolific writer. For decades he edited several newspapers including Harijan in Gujarati, Hindi and English; Indian Opinion while in South Africa and, Young India, in English, and Navajivan, a Gujarati monthly. He also wrote a few books including his autobiography, An Autobiography or My Experiments with Truth.

On 30 January 1948, Gandhi was shot and killed on the grounds of the Birla Bhavan (Birla House) in New Delhi.

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Mahatma Gandhi : Film : MAHATMA – Life of Gandhi, 1869-1948 (5hrs 10min)

February 16th, 2012 No Comments   Posted in Art History

This is a 5 hrs. 10 min. documentary biography of Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi. All events and principles of Gandhi’s life and thought are viewed as integrated parts of his truth-intoxicated life depicting permanent and universal values. The purpose of the film is to tell the present and the future generations “that such a man as Gandhi in flesh and blood walked upon this earth”, to acquaint them with his life and work and to spread his message of peace and universal brotherhood to the war-weary and fear-stricken world. The film brings together a mass of visual record not only of 78-year life of Gandhi but also of an important period of India’s history. The aim of the film being education and not entertainment, there is no attempt at dramatization of those exciting times. The story is told with an eye to truthful documentation of the main events within the limits of available documentary visual material… Read more about the film: Film id: mahatma_full_640x480 Courtesy: GandhiServe Foundation — Mahatma Gandhi Research and Media Service, For personal, institutional and commercial use contact The Gandhi National Memorial Fund Script: Vithalbhai Jhaveri Commentary: Vithalbhai Jhaveri Direction: Vithalbhai Jhaveri Voice: Romesh Thapar Digital Mastering: Peter Ruhe –

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