Bacha Khan

1890 - 1988

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Abdul Ghaffār Khān (Pashto: عبدالغفار خان‎; 6 February 1890 – 20 January 1988), also known as Bādshāh Khān (بادشاه خان‎, 'King Khan') or Bāchā Khān (باچا خان‎, 'King of Chiefs') and honourably addressed as Fakhr-e-Afghan (فخرِ افغان‎, 'Pride of Afghans'), was a Pashtun independence activist against British colonial rule in India. He was a political and spiritual leader known for his nonviolent opposition and lifelong pacifism; he was a devout Muslim and an advocate for Hindu−Muslim unity in the Indian subcontinent. Due to his similar ideologies and close friendship with Mahatma Gandhi, Khan was nicknamed Sarhadi Gandhi (Hindi: सरहदी गांधी, lit. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bacha Khan has received more than 488,750 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Bacha Khan is the 192nd most popular social activist (down from 189th in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from Pakistan (up from 29th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Pakistani Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Bacha Khan ranks 192 out of 544. Before him are Max Mosley, Carl Oberg, Hrant Dink, Rigoberta Menchú, Al-Shaykh Al-Mufid, and Hanns Martin Schleyer. After him are Chico Mendes, Margaret Sanger, Huber Matos, Simon bar Giora, Lalla Fatma N'Soumer, and Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson.

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Among people born in 1890, Bacha Khan ranks 73Before him are Bechara El Khoury, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Kahanamoku, Walter Weiß, Béla Miklós, and Edwin Howard Armstrong. After him are Sarah Aaronsohn, Seiichi Itō, Alois Eliáš, Louis Delluc, Victoria Ocampo, and Norman Bethune. Among people deceased in 1988, Bacha Khan ranks 57Before him are Heo Jeong, Dino Grandi, Sergey Gorshkov, Carmen Polo, 1st Lady of Meirás, Raymond Dart, and Branko Zebec. After him are Chico Mendes, Giacinto Scelsi, Trường Chinh, Anne Ramsey, Renato Salvatori, and Françoise Dolto.

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In Pakistan

Among people born in Pakistan, Bacha Khan ranks 25 out of 158. Before him are Har Gobind Khorana (1922), Aga Khan III (1877), Muhammad bin Tughluq (1290), Manmohan Singh (1932), Ranjit Singh (1780), and Guru Ram Das (1534). After him are Kabir Bedi (1946), Imran Khan (1952), Khushal Khattak (1613), Eucratides I (-170), Dilip Kumar (1922), and Naropa (1016).


Among social activists born in Pakistan, Bacha Khan ranks 3Before him are Bhagat Singh (1907) and Guru Ram Das (1534). After him are Malala Yousafzai (1997), Iqbal Masih (1983), and Mukhtar Mai (1972).