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Mahatma Gandhi, also widely known as the ‘Father Of The Nation’ was the backbone of the freedom movement of India. He was the person who professed the formula of non-violence and satyagraha and convinced people to do the same. A learned man, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi fought against discrimination in South Africa and India. Also dearly called Bapu, His birthday is celebrated in India as Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October and observed as a holiday. All children and elders pay their respect to him on this day, follow his principles, sing patriotic songs. They enjoy the freedom they have in the present because of Bapu’s sacrifices in the past during the Freedom Struggle of India.
- EARLY LIFE
- RETURN TO INDIA
- PRINCIPLES AND PERECPTIONS
Mahatma Gandhi took birth in Porbandar, Gujarat on 2nd October 1869. He pursued his primary education at Rajkot and was married early at the age of 13 years to Kasturba. After passing Matric Examination, M.K Gandhi went to England for passing L.L.B examination. After returning from England, he then started his career as a lawyer in Bombay. To plead a case, he went to South Africa where he was disgraced and discriminated based on colour. It was here in South Africa where Gandhiji fought against the Apartheid system and led his first battle of satyagraha.
Gandhiji returned to India in 1915 and engaged himself into the process of freedom of the country. Soon, he became one of the most respected personalities in India. Within two years of coming back to India, he led his three initial yet very important satyagrahas and protests in Champaran, Ahmedabad, and Kheda. Gandhiji didn’t take a break after this and kept on launching movements, including peaceful demonstrations, satyagrahas against the British Rule. These movements include the Non-Cooperation Movement, Salt Satyagraha, Civil Disobedience Movement, and finally the Purna Swaraj and Quit India movement, which led to an end to the British Rule in India.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” not only did he say this, but he also practised what he preached. Mahatma Gandhi was a man of principles and morals. Satyagraha, non-violence truthfulness, peaceful discussions, all of these were his principles that united all the people of our country to fight against oppression. He treated everyone equally without considering their caste. He was strictly against untouchability and caste system which oppressed the lower classes- the Shudras and the Dalits. Gandhiji did many things to uplift the untouchables and so-called depressed caste people, such as calling them “Harijans” (the children of God) and persuading the upper castes to treat them appropriately. He used many symbols like “charkha” and “khadi” to preach self-independence and hard work to the people of India. Gandhiji strictly followed a vegetarian diet and influenced everyone to do so. He supported and taught the principles of Lord Buddha to everyone, including self-inde[pennce, satisfaction with what you have, peace, non-violence, and unity.
The father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi, was the strength of India and every Indian. His principles and teachings remain with us even today. A peacemaker, Mahatma Gandhi, a well-read, and a man of high morals taught us the real meaning of the famous saying, ” United we stand, divided we fall”. One can trace his perceptions towards life through some famous books penned down by him – my Experiments With Truth(his autobiography), Key To Health, Hind Swaraj, etc.
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