Difference Between Gandhi and Nehru

Gandhi vs Nehru

Gandhi and Nehru are two great leaders that worked for the freedom of India from the British rule. They both had different personalities although they worked for the same goal.

Gandhi was otherwise called Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Nehru is the short form of his full name Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Gandhi was given the title ‘Mahatma’ and hence became Mahatma Gandhi. The word ‘mahatma’ means ‘a great soul’. Jawaharlal Nehru was affectionately called ‘chacha’ which means ‘an uncle’.

Both of them loved children very much. Nehru was very fond of children. This is the reason why his birth day is celebrated in India as Children’s Day. On the other hand the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated in India as Gandhi Jayanthi.

Mahatma Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 whereas Jawaharlal Nehru was born on November 14, 1889. Gandhi was 20 years older than Nehru. Both of them participated in the struggle for independence of their country.

Nehru is often described as the architect of modern India for he laid the foundation for the industrial and the agricultural development in the country. On the other hand Gandhi is often described as the ‘Father of the Nation’.

Gandhi was born in the district of Porbandar in the state of Gujarat in India whereas Nehru was born in the district of Allahabad in the state of Uttarpradesh. Mahatma Gandhi was the architect of several movements in India that led to the independence of the country. Jawaharlal Nehru participated in these movements.

Some of the movements started by Mahatma Gandhi include Quit India Movement, Civil Disobedience Movement, Dandi March and the like. People followed him wherever he went. He advocated the principle of non-violence. He put forward the principle of Satyagraha. Nehru became the first Prime Minister of Independent India.

Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on 30th January 1948 whereas Jawaharlal Nehru passed away on 27th May 1964