Mahatma Gandhi was left-handed. And so are Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly.
Historically, the left side, and subsequently left-handedness, was considered negative in many cultures. The Latin word sinistra originally meant “left” but took on meanings of “evil” or “unlucky”. The word sinister has its roots in sinistra .
Left-handedness ( sinistrality, sinistromanuality, or mancinism) is the preference for the left hand over the right for everyday activities such as writing. A variety of studies suggest that 10% of the world population is left-handed.
However, things have changed a lot in modern times. Left-handers are no more a taboo. Chris McManus of University College London argues that the proportion of left-handers is increasing and left-handed people as a group have historically produced an above-average quota of high achievers. He says that left-handers’ brains are structured differently in a way that increases their range of abilities, and the genes that determine left-handedness also govern development of the language centres of the brain.
Now, there are Left-Handers Associations and people are not associating any evil with left-handedness. In fact, August 13 is celebrated as the Left-Handers Day.
Here are some of the great Left-Handers:
Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great and Napoléon Bonaparte
Aristotle, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci
American Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and
Actors Charlie Chaplin, Tom Cruise, Robert DeNir, Robert Redford Sylvester Stallone and Marilyn Monroe
There are also great criminals like Jack The Ripper, Boston Strangler & Billy the Kid
Famous Left-handed People