Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2nd, 1869 to Karamchand Uttamchand Gandhi and Putlibai Gandhi. While we have seen a lot of images of Mahatma Gandhi during his movements, marches and political meetings, very few pictures actually reflect his personal life. On what would have been his 147th birthday, let’s take a look at some really rare images of the Father of the Nation.
#1 Mahatma Gandhi, when he was 6 years old
This is Gandhi’s childhood image from when he was just six years old. Bapu was an average student, but one of the best educated among his siblings. He studied law in England and also fought against racism in South Africa.
#2 Bapu, with his brother Laxmidas
Laxmidas was married to Nandkunwar Gandhi and had 4 children – Samaldas Gandhi, Ranchoddas Gandhi, Jadavbehn Parekh and Radhabehn Kothari. Years later, Samaldas would join Bapu in his movement to free India.
#3 Mahatma Gandhi with his friend, Sheikh Mehtab
Bapu started eating meat with Sheikh Mehtab. In fact, he hid this fact from his family for about a year, till he gave up meat on his own.
#4 Kasturba Gandhi with her four sons
Bapu had four sons – Harilal Gandhi, Manilal Gandhi, Ramdas Gandhi and Devdas Gandhi.
#5 A glimpse of Bapu’s passport
This passport was issued in 1931 for Bapu to attend the Round Table Conference in London.
#6 Actor Charlie Chaplin with Mahatma Gandhi
Bapu met Charlie Chaplin while he was in London to attend the Round Table Conference.
#7 A 6-year-old Indira Gandhi with Mahatma Gandhi
#8 An adolescent Indira with Bapu
Indira Gandhi’s father, Jawaharlal Nehru was a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi. Here is a picture of young Indira Gandhi with Bapu.
#9 Gandhiji’s photo with Rabindranath Tagore at Shanti Niketan in 1940
#10 Bapu, at his wife’s funeral
Bapu and Kasturba got married when they were 13 years old. During her final years, Ba, as she was fondly known, had two heart attacks and could not recover.
#11 A rare picture of Bapu, after he had been assassinated
There were six assassination attempts on Gandhi’s life. The sixth and final attempt was Nathuram Godse’s, who shot Bapu point blank. The assassination left the entire nation devastated and in despair.