Mahatma Gandhi (an honorific for Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1869-1948) was an Indian activist and philosopher who was a key leader in gaining Indian independence from Great Britain. He is particularly known for his advocacy of nonviolent resistance as a force for change. Gandhi also wrote several books outlining his views, philosophy, and life history.
In episode 503 of The Muppet Show, guest star Joan Baez encourages the rats to learn from Mahatma Ghandi. She tries to locate her copy of his book on non-violence, but finds one of the babies has it. When the child resists, Joan Baez speaks in an Indian accent and quips "Well, that's what happens when you take Gandhi from a baby."