Gandhians

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The followers of Mahatma Gandhi, the sole icon of the Indian independence movement, are called Gandhians. Gandhi's legacy includes a wide range of ideas ranging from his dream of ideal India (or Rama Rajya), economics, environmentalism, feminism, spirituality, the Truth, nonviolence and asceticism. Thus Gandhians hailing from wide range of work profile attribute their ideas to him. An overwhelming number of Bharat Ratna awardees are such individuals. In a 2012 poll called The Greatest Indian, the jury decided to keep Gandhi out as it "is impossible for anyone to come close to the father of the nation when it comes to leadership, impact and contribution". The poll included as many as 10 individuals in top 20 who were either close aides, disciples, successors or Gandhian idealogues.[a]

Name Notes
Jawaharlal Nehru Gandhi designated him as his political heir.
Vallabhbhai Patel Along with Nehru, Patel was the closest aide of Gandhi.
Vinoba Bhave He is deemed as the spiritual heir of Gandhi
Nelson Mandela First president of South Africa
Martin Luther King Jr. American civil rights movement activist
Ho Chi Minh "I and others may be revolutionaries, but we are disciples of Mahatma Gandhi, directly or indirectly, nothing more nothing less".[2]

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  1. ^ CK, Faisal. "From Vajpayee's founding speech to Modi's deeds, the BJP has deviated from its stated ideals". Scroll.in. Retrieved 2021-11-20. Vajpayee unequivocally declared that Gandhian Socialism was the foundational ideology of the newly launched party.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Ho Chi Minh: Remembering the King and the Saint". The Wire. Retrieved 2021-11-20. "I and others may be revolutionaries, but we are disciples of Mahatma Gandhi, directly or indirectly, nothing more nothing less".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)