Motivational Story of Mahatma Gandhi’s Childhood – When an inspector visited his school & Gandhi refused to lie


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, we call him as Mahatma Gandhi, as Bapu who chose a non-violence way to obtain freedom. He was an and he is an idol to many. Where most of his life was based on getting a new India, his life principles were also dedicated to make India. An inspirational personality who is a motivation to all. There are many aspects to his life proving that what he values the most was the principle of honesty and truth.

Gandhi never told a lie. One such incident happened when a inspector visited his school and gave few words of dictation. The third word was “Kettle”. Gandhi didn’t know how to spell the word correctly while all his friends did it with no mistake and this was noticed by Gandhi’s teacher. Upon finding it, the teacher grabbed Gandhi’s attention by touching his feet with his and urged him to look at someone else’s paper but he didn’t. The inspector was on round.

When the inspector came to Gandhi, he said, “Here’s a mistake. This boy doesn’t know how to spell ‘kettle.’ He has written it ‘ketle’.”

The inspector wasn’t angry, but he was disappointed that Gandhi didn’t know the answer.

The teacher was very angry with Gandhi. I told you to look at your friend’s paper, but you wouldn’t listen to me. You’re a disgrace to my class.”

Gandhi said, “I may be a disgrace, but I can’t tell a lie.”

Gandhi was sorry he’d made a mistake and had displeased his teacher, but he had pleased himself by being honest.

The teacher was silent.

Mahatma Gandhi gave importance to his values of honesty and passed the examination.

Lessons to Learn from this Story

Honesty lies within. It’s up to you how you show it.

Don’t tell or support a lie. It’s a sin.

Be honest in whatever you do.

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