Remembering the ‘Father of the Nation’

Gandhi Jayanti 2017


October 2, 2017

/ By / New Delhi

Gandhi Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) – leader of Indian independence movement against British rule in the country. Adopting non-violent civil disobedience, he led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

The United Nations General Assembly declared his birthday (October 2) as the international day of non-violence, which is also one of the four national holidays in India.

Apart from decorating statues of Gandhi with flowers and garlands throughout the country, offering prayers and tributes especially at Gandhi’s memorial in New Delhi, where he was cremated, marks the day. In order to encourage non-violent ways of life as well as celebrating Gandhi’s effort in the Indian independence movement, various competitions are conducted in schools and communities.

Some of the famously led campaigns by him in challenging the British were the Dandi March (Salt March) in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India (movement) in 1942. Though he was imprisoned for many years, upon many occasions, in both South Africa and India, he led nationwide campaigns for various social causes and for achieving Swaraj (self-rule) for India.

The song in the video describes Gandhi, also known as ‘Bapu ji’ (Father of the Nation):

“Your soil, your country is calling you, please come now. We’re lost, show us the path.

Wearing glasses with a stick in his hand, he used to walk with splendor. Evil feared just listening to his name.

He was small in height but he walked fast; slim but walked with a wide-open chest,

The guy had courage … mother India, I salute thee.”

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