GANDHI QUIZ 2013
1. In which year was Gandhi born?
2. Who gave the title 'Mahatma' to Gandhiji ?
3. In 1903 Gandhiji started a newspaper in South Africa. Which is it?
4. Gandhiji's first 'satyagraha' was at Champaran in 1917. Where did he start his first satyagraha
5. The Indian classics, especially the stories of Shravana and king X, had a great impact on Gandhi in his
childhood. In his autobiography, he admits that they left an indelible impression on his mind. He writes:
"It haunted me and I must have acted X to myself times without number." Gandhi's early self-
identification with truth and love as supreme values is traceable to these epic characters. Identify X.
6. Harilal, Manilal, Ramdas and Devdas. Who/what are they?
7. On 15 June 2007 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the
International Day of X. The resolution by the General Assembly asks all members of the UN system to
commemorate 2 October in "an appropriate manner and disseminate the message of X, including
through education and public awareness." What is X?
8. Pietermaritzburg is a place in South Africa. It has a very significant role in Gandhiji's life and shaped
his social activism and awakened him to social injustice. What/why is this place important?
9. In 1915, Gandhi returned to India permanently. He brought an international reputation as a leading
Indian nationalist, theorist and organiser. He joined the Indian National Congress and was introduced to
Indian issues, politics and the Indian people primarily by X. X was a key leader of the Congress Party best
known for his restraint and moderation, and his insistence on working inside the system. Gandhi took
X's liberal approach based on British Whiggish traditions and transformed it to make it look wholly
Indian. X is regarded as the political guru of Gandhiji. Who is X?
10. Once the Inspector of schools came to visit his school. He wanted to test the boys, so he dictated a
few English words to the boys. Mohan could not spell one of the words correctly. His teacher prompted
him to copy that word from his neighbour's slate, but Mohan didn't. He did not like to cheat anybody,
come what may. The result was that all the students except Mohan, spelt all the words correctly. The
teacher scolded Mohan after the class and Mohan felt wounded. But deep inside him he knew that what
he had done was right.
What was that word, Gandhi misspelled?
11. X was a term used by Mohandas Gandhi for Dalits. Gandhi said it was wrong to call people
"untouchable," and instead called them X, which means children of God. It is still in wide use especially
in Gandhi's home state of Gujarat. The term can also be attributed to Dalits of Pakistan called the *****,
who are a group of pucca house builders. What is X?
12. "Friends and comrades, the light has gone out of our lives, and there is darkness everywhere, and I
do not quite know what to tell you or how to say it. Our beloved leader, Bapu as we called him, the
father of the nation, is no more. Perhaps I am wrong to say that; nevertheless, we will not see him again,
as we have seen him for these many years, we will not run to him for advice or seek solace from him,
and that is a terrible blow, not only for me, but for millions and millions in this country.". Who said these
words and why?
13. National Highway 228 (NH 228) covers a distance of 374 km. Why is it famous?
One who is a devotee of Vishnu who
Feels the pain of others
Does good to others, especially to those ones who are in suffering
never allows conceit to enter his mind.
These are the first lines of Gandhiji's favourite bhajan. Which ?
15. **Sangam at Allahabad on 12 February 1948,
**Nile River near Jinja, Uganda,
** Girgaum Chowpatty.
**Palace of the Aga Khan in Pune
** Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Los Angeles.
Connect these places/why are they famous.
16. It was written in weekly instalments and published in his journal Navjivan from 1925 to 1929. Its
English translation also appeared in instalments in his other journal Young India. It was initiated at the
insistence of Swami Anand and other close co-workers of Gandhi, for him to explain the background of
his public campaigns. In 1999, the book was designated as one of the "100 Best Spiritual Books of the
20th Century" by a committee of global spiritual and religious authorities. What are we talking about?
Identify the girl in the picture.
18.He was nominated five times between 1937 and 1948, including the first-ever nomination by
the American Friends Service Committee, he made the short list only twice, in 1937 and 1947. Decades
later, the committee publicly declared its regret for the omission, and admitted to deeply divided
nationalistic opinion denying the award. Gandhi was nominated in 1948 but was assassinated before
nominations closed. That year, the committee chose not to award the peace prize stating that "there
was no suitable living candidate" and later research shows that the possibility of awarding the prize
posthumously to Gandhi was discussed and that the reference to no suitable living candidate was to
Gandhi. When the 14th Dalai Lama was awarded the Prize in 1989, the chairman of the committee said
that this was "in part a tribute to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi."
What are we talking about?
What is special about these places?
20. 2004 release film X, "epitomizes Gandhi's values" according to his great-grandson, Tushar Gandhi.
The protagonist is called Mohan(Bhargava) which is Gandhi's birth name(Mohandas). The film is about a
young NRI returning to India, to help the country and its people, a tale similar to that of Gandhi's life.
Identify the film?
21. Since the release of the film, there have been instances where peaceful protests were either dubbed
X or the protesters have claimed that they have been inspired by the movie. In the United States during
July 2007, piles of flowers were sent to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office by
individuals who were legally in the U.S. but caught in a green card backlog. This was an act of X
(or nonviolent protest). There have been positive reactions to this event.
A 15 July 2007 editorial in The Baltimore Sun argued, "let's hope their protest gets results -
because Americans are fortunate to have living among them people who are this ingenious, and this
thoughtful of others, and this capable of channeling anger into beauty." On July 17, the USCIS
announced that "it will accept applications from foreign professionals seeking permanent residency
through an expedited process, reversing its earlier decision." USCIS Director, Emilio T. Gonzalez noted of
the X protest, "The public reaction to the July 2 announcement made it clear that the federal
government's management of this process needs further review [...] I am committed to working with
Congress and the State Department to implement a more efficient system in line with public
The term became popular due to its usage in the 2006 Hindi film
What are we talking about?
22.Which English actor portrayed Gandhiji in the Oscar winning movie 'Gandhi'?
23.Who translated the autobiography of Gandhi from Gujarati to English? (He was the private secretary
24.Gandhi returned to India on January 9,1915.This day is celebrated as ____________in India, to
commemorate his return.
25. It was established on 2 October 1983 in Kottayam. X, has been accredited (B+) by the National
Assessment and Accreditation Council, India. The university has 223 affiliated colleges spread over five
districts in central Kerala.
The University Grants Commission of India does not believe that the names of Indian
universities should be unique, so another UGC-recognized government-run X was established in 2007 in
Andhra Pradesh and was not challenged by the older X. Similarly another university named X
(Meghalaya) was also established through Meghalaya State legislative Act, 2010 in Meghalaya and
through Uttarakhand State legislative act, 2007 in Uttarakhand.
26. Who called Gandhiji "Half naked fakir"?
27. Who is known as Kerala Gandhi?
28. How many followers accompanied Gandhi in the Dandi March at the beginning, which started on
March 12 1930 to Dandi on April 6 1930?
29. How many times did Gandhi visit Kerala?
30. "Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as [Gandhi] ever in flesh and blood walked
upon this earth." Who said these words about Gandhiji?