Who was Called the Frontier Gandhi?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 14th, 2023

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was called Frontier Gandhi. He was a member of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP). He continued to strongly oppose the idea of ​​partition along with Mahatma Gandhi. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was a Pashtun leader. Abdul Ghaffar Khan was born on 6th February 1890 in Utmanzai, Hashtnagar in a Sunni Muslim Pashtun family. They lived at that time in Jindi-e, a branch of the Swat River in the Punjab province of British India.

Frontier Gandhi

Frontier Gandi was the title given to Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan who was a Pashtun activist. He fought for India’s independence standing up front against the Britishers. His main aim was to completely end British rule in India.

Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan was the founder of a powerful non-violent movement among the Pathans of his province known as Khudai Khidmatgar. He strongly opposed the partition of India.

Facts about Frontier Gandhi

More information about the Frontier Gandhi, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan is given below:

  • At the age of 20, Khan opened a madrasa in his hometown of Utmanzai in 1910.
  • Thereafter in 1911, he joined the freedom movement of Pashtun activist Haji Sahib of Turangzai.
  • British colonial authorities closed Khan’s madrasa by 1915, believing that pro-India independence activism was a threat to their dominance.
  • Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was also known as Badshah Khan or Bacha Khan.
  • He criticized his Congress colleagues for agreeing to the partition of Pakistan into the Muslim-majority Dominion of Pakistan and the Hindu-majority Dominion of India in 1947.

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