Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated all across the nation on 2nd October to pay tribute to the legendary Mahatma Gandhi commonly known as ‘Bapu’, Mahatma (great soul), and ‘Father of the Nation’. He was the visionary who played a very significant role in the independence struggle. He is an iconic figure in India and across the world. India observes a national holiday on this day to pay homage to the great man who taught the world the greatest lessons of non-violence. The Prime Minister of India and political leaders gather at Raj Ghat (Gandhi’s memorial), New Delhi to honour Mahatma Gandhi.
Some Quick Gandhi facts:
Name: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat
Principles: Non-violence, Truth
Gandhi on Violence
On this day, the power of non-violence and the philosophy of ‘Satyagraha’ (Force of Truth) are celebrated. Gandhi believed was an epitome of philosophies of truth and non-violence and with these weapons, he helped India in getting independence. He proved to the world that the path of righteousness is not easy, but in the end it is only this path that would lead you to success. Gandhi’s contribution to the national struggle would be remembered by the history of mankind. In 2007, United Nations General Assembly declared that 2nd October will be celebrated as International Day of Non-Violence.
Mahatma Gandhi also authored a book ‘My Experiments with Truth’. There are many Quotes written by Mohandas Gandhi on Life, Fear, Violence and Freedom etc. that are admired and practised by even youngsters. Certainly, his words and his actions have immortalised his philosophies.
Gandhi History and Political Movements
Gandhi was subjected to injustice and racial discrimination when he was in South Africa. He was a victim of social bigotry and racial indiscrimination that was present in the nation at that time. This was the reason why he left law as a profession and entered social activism. In fact, he was the one who was responsible in forming the Natal Indian Congress in South Africa. In 1906 when his political members were subjected to violence by the Local Government upon their peaceful protest, Gandhi formed the idea of Satyagraha. When Gandhi came back to India, he was subjected to the same treatment and then he protested against the dominance of British rule. He followed the principles of non-violence during the Non-Cooperation Movement, Quit India Movement as well as Dandi March. He dedicated and served his entire life for the country to get freedom from the British rule.
On this memorable day people all across the nation hold various prayer meetings and community functions to pay homage to the Father of the Nation. Art lovers hold exhibition to reflect the principles that were followed by Gandhi. In some states even awards are given to various non-violence projects in respect to honour the great man. Special speeches are addressed in his name about his life and work so as to educate the young children so that they can follow the footsteps of Gandhi’s ideas and beliefs. This way people honour and pay tribute to the legendary man for his contribution to India’s freedom struggle.
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