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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. He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mahatma Gandhi has received more than 59,144,566 page views. His biography is available in 188 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 184 in 2019). Mahatma Gandhi is the 2nd most popular social activist (up from 3rd in 2019), the most popular biography from India 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 2 out of 538Before him are Che Guevara. After him are Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Jan Hus, Rosa Luxemburg, Mother Teresa, Henry Dunant, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, and Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi.

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

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Among people born in India, Mahatma Gandhi ranks 1 out of 1,493After him are Rama (null), Ashoka (-304), George Orwell (1903), Rajneesh (1931), Narendra Modi (1950), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), Amitabh Bachchan (1942), A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931), Jawaharlal Nehru (1889), Vivien Leigh (1913), and Ramakrishna (1836).


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