Saturday, September 25, 2010

Gandhi Jayanti Festival

Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on 2nd of October every year.

Mahatma Gandhi - The "Father of Nation"

The greatness of Mahatma Gandhi can never be expressed in words. He occupies a very special place in the heart of every true Indian. The importance of his contribution to the country can be imagined from the fact that he has been honored with the title of the "Father of Nation". Mahatma Gandhi is lovingly called Bapuji. His full name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

Gandhi Jayanti - Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday

[caption id="attachment_1731" align="alignleft" width="236" caption="Mahatma Gandhi's birthday or jayanti is on 2nd october."]A smiling Mahatma Gandhi[/caption]

India has decided to remember the great deeds of his life by commemorating this special day of 2nd October, which is Gandhiji’s birthday, as a national holiday in the form of Gandhi Jayanti. Gandhiji’s ways were very unique and very different from all other great contemporary leaders who have fought and sacrificed their lives for freeing India from the clutches of the British rule.

While the entire nation was in a grave turmoil with the people fighting tooth and nail to drive away the British rulers, surprisingly Gandhiji thought of an absolutely unthinkable way of fighting the British. He resorted to non-cooperation and ahimsa as his chief weapons. While the whole nation was aggressively dealing with the situation, Gandhiji ushered in a completely peaceful way of showing resistance. He was an instant success. People started following him in thousands and he gathered a huge fan following who decided to follow his footsteps.

Soon the British oppressors found the situation impossible to tackle and started giving in to Gandhiji’s terms and conditions. He led the Quit India Movement of civil disobedience and the Non-Cooperation Movement. He is also famous for his Dandi March undertaken in a protest against the salt tax, which the British government had imposed. His simple ways of life, his unending efforts to eradicate social evils such as untouchability, his non-violent ways, his protest against racism gives him his larger than life stature.

He was a true hero in every sense of the word and will continue to be a source of inspiration for generations to come. His most important mission of life was to follow the path of truth or satya. That is why he is also called a satyagrahi. He had a new path and lent a new meaning to the freedom struggle of India. He is respected and venerated widely throughout the entire world. Gandhiji is also widely known for his literary inclinations and “My experiments with Truth” occupies a high stature in the world of literature.

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