Gandhi Jayanti Special: As the day is celebrated on October 2 all across the world, the EBNW Story gives special tribute to this Mahatma…
Gandhi Jayanti is an honourable event celebrated all over the India on 2nd of October to mark the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, who is also known as the ‘Father of the nation’.
To honour his achievements, this day was declared as National Holiday and was officially announced as ‘ International non- violence day’ by the United Nations to pay tribute to Gandhi who is considered as a messenger of ‘Non-violence’.
Born as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, he was later named as ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ which means ‘a great soul’.
He got this title by Rabindranath Tagore to honour his sacrifice and contributions that he made towards the Nation and for the world.
Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat. Through his lifetime, he achieved so much for the wellness of people and became a spiritual leader for India, giving India the freedom from the British clutches and becoming the greatest leaders the world has ever seen.
Gandhi became the symbol of ‘Truth’ , ‘Non-violence’ and ‘Father of the Nation’ not only Indians but for the whole world too.
Gandhi’s Major achievements:
Fight against Racial Discrimination
Gandhi during his stay in South Africa fought against colour discrimination. He fought to change the perspective of people who disrespected black people, he tried to change the world perception on skin color. He devoted his time and attention to the Indians living in South Africa later becoming a prominent campaigner for rights of the Asian community in SA.
The Champaran Satyagraha
The 1916 Satyagraha by Gandhi gave a direction to Indian youth and freedom struggle.
Gandhi with his non violent, civil disobedience movement organised a protest against British landlords who were forcing the Champaran based farmers to grow Indigo and to sold them at lowest price possible. This Satyagraha was a major hit forcing British landlords to grant compensation and control to the farmers.
The Salt Satyagraha
Commonly known as ‘Dandi March’ was another successful non-violent act by Gandhi against the British salt monopoly, the salt act which prohibited Indians from collecting or selling salts and it imposed great taxes on them. Gandhi marched 388 kilometres from Ahmedabad to Dandi, in Gujarat, to produce salt from seawater as a protest against Britishers. This act didn’t gave any legal agreement to farmers but was recognised by the whole world as an act for Indian Independence.
Social Issues like untouchability, caste discrimination, child marriage and more…
Gandhi in his lifetime fought against a lot of social issues one of those was untouchability.
Gandhi launched a lot of campaigns to fight against the discrimination that happens with lower caste people. Gandhi opposed the idea of child marriage, sati pratha and oppression of widows.
He continued launching several campaigns against every social issue that people face in India.
Gandhi Jayanti : Some of the greatest and inspiring quotes by Gandhi
1.” A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes”.
2. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong”.
3. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”.
4. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.
5. “Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it”.
6. “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent”.
7. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty”.