Amazing unsung facts of KASTURBHA GANDHI :

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Kasturba Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi together had 4 sons and got married when she was just 13 years old. Whenever we talk about history of freedom struggle, the first name comes to our mind is MOHANDAS KARAM CHAND GANDHI. But as it is rightly said that there is always a woman behind a mans success.

Same is the case happened with GANDHI. Many of us, Indias freedom movement speaks markedly of Mahatma Gandhi, a man who took upon the responsibility upon himself and freed the nation from the British rule. But how about the other half of Mohandas Gandhi, Bapu? Any idea on that one? Kasturba Gandhi, as she was known by, was the lady who bestowed the courage and support to Gandhi and the nation as a whole to move ahead. Also referred to as Ba, she navigated through the ups and downs proficiently.

Mohandas Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi gave birth to a baby boy in the year 1888 and named him Harilal. Kasturba Gandhi raised the son on her own as Mohandas Gandhi had to allocate to England for higher studies.

They gave birth to further two sons down the lineage, Manilal Gandhi and Ramdas Gandhi.

Kasturba Gandhi was a source of courage and tenacity. She raised the toddler or two on her own when Mohandas Gandhi left for England and South Africa.

She showed her courageous side as she helped Gandhi escape a white mob when she was stationed in South Africa with her husband.

Kasturba Gandhi was born on April 11, 1869, in Porbandar. Her parents were Gokuldas Makanji and Vrajkunwerba Kapadia.

Her father was a merchant and was a friend of Karamchand Gandhi, the father of Mohandas Gandhi

As was the case with the social norms then, she was engaged to Mohandas Gandhi when they were both seven years old and were later married at 13 years of age. A stiff example of child marriage.

She had actively participated in the movements to improve the working conditions of Indian workers in South Africa.

· She was later on arrested on charges and jailed for three months for the protest against the South African government

In 1939, Kasturba took part in nonviolent protests against the British rule in Rajkot, after the women in the city specifically asked her to advocate for them. Kasturba was arrested and kept in solitary confinement for a month.

Her health worsened but Kasturba continued to fight for independence. In 1942, she was arrested again, along with Gandhi and other freedom fighters for participating in the quit India movement. She was imprisoned in the Aga Khan Palace in Pune. By this time her health had severely deteriorated completely and she breathed her last at the detention camp in Pune. Kasturba considered her work above everything and Gandhi wrote about this in his biography, "According to my earlier experience, she was very obstinate. In spite of all my pressure she would do as she wished. This led to short or long periods of estrangement between us. But as my public life expanded, my wife bloomed forth and deliberately lost herself in my work."

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