Mahatma Gandhi

1869 - 1948

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist and political ethicist who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India's independence from British rule, and was to inspire movements for independence and civil rights across the world. The honorific Mahātmā (Sanskrit: "great-souled", "venerable"), first applied to him in 1914 in South Africa, is now used throughout the world.Born and raised in a Hindu family in coastal Gujarat, Gandhi trained in the law at the Inner Temple, London, and was called to the bar at age 22 in June 1891. After two uncertain years in India, where he was unable to start a successful law practice, he moved to South Africa in 1893 to represent an Indian merchant in a lawsuit. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mahatma Gandhi has received more than 47,668,280 page views. His biography is available in 184 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 174 in 2019). Mahatma Gandhi is the 3rd most popular social activist, the most popular biography from India (up from 2nd in 2019) and the most popular Indian Social Activist.

Mahatma Gandhi is most famous for being the leader of the Indian independence movement and for his philosophy of nonviolent resistance.

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Among social activists, Mahatma Gandhi ranks 3 out of 544Before him are Che Guevara and Nelson Mandela. After him are Malcolm X, Rosa Luxemburg, Jan Hus, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry Dunant, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, and Guy Fawkes.

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Among people born in 1869, Mahatma Gandhi ranks 1After him are Henri Matisse, Grigori Rasputin, André Gide, Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Neville Chamberlain, Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, Nadezhda Krupskaya, Emma Goldman, Karl Haushofer, Fritz Pregl, and Gustaf Dalén. Among people deceased in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi ranks 1After him are Sergei Eisenstein, Mileva Marić, Edvard Beneš, Hideki Tojo, Franz Lehár, Antonin Artaud, Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, Walther von Brauchitsch, Andrei Zhdanov, Folke Bernadotte, and Osamu Dazai.

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Among people born in India, Mahatma Gandhi ranks 1 out of 1,227After him are George Orwell (1903), Ashoka (-304), Rajneesh (1931), Amitabh Bachchan (1942), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887), Ramakrishna (1836), Rudyard Kipling (1865), Vivien Leigh (1913), and Jawaharlal Nehru (1889).


Among social activists born in India, Mahatma Gandhi ranks 1After him are Bal Gangadhar Tilak (1856), Kasturba Gandhi (1869), Syed Ahmad Khan (1817), Gerald Durrell (1925), Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904), Mangal Pandey (1827), Gopal Krishna Gokhale (1866), Vinoba Bhave (1895), Vandana Shiva (1952), Kailash Satyarthi (1954), and Kittur Chennamma (1778).