17 Photos Of Mahatma Gandhi You May Not Have Seen Before

02/10/2015 11:21 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once described Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi as "a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the East, striding half-naked up the steps of the Vice-regal palace."

An icon of peace and tolerance, Gandhi's civil disobedience movement once helped wrest the nation from the hands of the British. Gandhi, who was born in Porbandar in Gujarat on October 2, 1869, was at the forefront of the non-violent struggle for freedom from the colonizers.

As India celebrates his birth anniversary today amidst worrying reports of communal violence and rising religious intolerance, here are some snapshots from his life that will remind its citizens of his legacy of harmony and acceptance.

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    Though Mahatma Gandhi's always traveled in the third class, his arrival at any station was a source of rejoicing and huge crowds always collected to welcome him.
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    Thakin Nu, Burmese Prime Minister, met Mahatama Gandhi in New Delhi in December, 1947.
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    September 1944: Mahatma Gandhi holding a wake over his wife Ba's mortal remains sitting on the ground at the Aga Khan Palace in Pune.
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    Mahatma Gandhi photographed at the All India Radio New Delhi, from where he broadcast a message to refugees on November 12, 1947. On his left is Rajkumari Amrit Kaur.
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    Mahatma Gandhi's ashes taken in Procession at Allahabad before being immersed in the holy Ganga.
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    Mahatma Gandhi's ashes taken in Procession at Allahabad before being immersed in the holy Ganga.
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    Mahatma Gandhi performing the opening ceremony of Kamla Nehru Hospital in Allahabad in 1941. Pandit Mahan Mohan Malavaya is seated next to him and Jivaraj Mehta is seen standing on the extreme right.
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    Mahatma Gandhi photographed during a prayer.
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    Mahatma Gandhi addressing a prayer meeting.
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    Mahatma Gandhi greets an aged Muslim peasant during his tour of Noakhali, undertaken to bring about Hindi-Muslim unity.
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    Mahatma Gandhi signing autographs, in return for donations to the Harijan Fund. This happy picture of Gandhi was taken at Juhu in Mumbai where he spent an occasional rest.
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    Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Rajkumari Amrit Kaur and Shrimati Kasturba Gandhi photographed during the Haripura Congress Session in 1939.
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    Mahatma Gandhi with Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
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    April,1942: Sir Stafford Cripps and Mahatma Gandhi.
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    On March 27, 1942 Mahatma Gandhi called at 3, Queen Victoria Road, New Delhi, and had an interview lasting over two hours with Sir Stafford Cripps. Sir Stafford Cripps sees Gandhiji to her car, as journalists surround the leader and ask questions.
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    During his Naokhali tour, undertaken to bring about Hindu-Muslim unity, Mahatma Gandhi’s converses with an aged Muslim peasant.
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    Manu Gandhi and Abha Gandhi with the blood stained shawl of Mahatma Gandhi.
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    March, 1942: Marshal & Madame Chiank Kai-Shek meet Mahatma Gandhi.

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