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Blog wishes you a Happy Gandhi Jayanti.

Oct 2nd, 2015

Mahatma Gandhi was a national icon who led the struggle for India’s independence from British colonial rule, empowered by tens of millions of common Indians. Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on 2nd October every year to commemorate the birthday of the Father of our Nation


Gandhiji was one of our great leaders who fought for the independence of the country and won it. He was a selfless leader and met many hardships for the freedom of our nation. He believed in the social equality. He was deadly against untouchability. He called the untouchables as Harijans or the children of God. He was loved by all his countrymen. Gandhi was also popularly known as the Father of our Nation, Bapu or simply Mahatma.


At the national level, Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated at Raj Ghat or Gandhiji’s Samadhi at New Delhi. Many people and our great leaders, including the President and the Prime Minister, pay homage to this great leader of the Nation. They place wreaths at the Samadhi and offerings of flowers. Gandhi Jayanti is also celebrated in schools and colleges. Gandhi’s favorite song, Raghupati Raghava, is invariably sung at all the meetings associated with him. He was a man who did what he said and led an exemplary and a transparent life.


Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, a small town on the Gujarat coastline. He was the son of Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai, Karamchand’s fourth wife. He was married to a Kasturba Gandhi at the age of 13 and had four kids. He studied law in U.K and practiced law in South Africa. But he left his profession and returned to India to join the Indian freedom struggle. Throughout his life, he opposed any kind of terrorism or violence, instead using only the highest moral standards. His philosophy of nonviolence, for which he coined the term satyagraha, has influenced national and international nonviolent resistance movements to this day. From the time he took charge of the freedom struggle in 1918, he was lovingly called as “Mahatma” meaning “Great Soul” by millions of Indians. By means of nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi helped bring about India’s independence from British rule, inspiring other colonial peoples to work for their own independence and ultimately dismantling the British Empire. Gandhi often stated that his principles were simple; drawn from traditional Hindu beliefs: truth (Satya) and nonviolence (Ahimsa).


Gandhi expressed his protests against the tax on salt, he undertook the Salt March from Ahmedabad to Dandi covering a total distance of 388 kilometers. Gandhi had a heart of courage and spirit of the unafraid. He had been imprisoned on several accounts during the freedom struggle. Despite the hurdles and difficulties, Gandhi went ahead and played a significant role in making India an independent country. He even announced a fast of 21 days for the cause of Harijans. His Quit India, slogan proved a final signal for the British dominion in India. Gandhi teachings and practice are invaluable for the country and are largely used in providing peaceful solutions to problems and in solving current conflicts. His high thinking, simple living, and strong willpower made him a revered leader of India.