Gandhi Jayanti, Something More Than a National Holiday..
As all of us know Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated in India on 2nd October every year to mark the birthday of the Mahatma (Great Soul), Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Father of The Nation also fondly called as Bapuji. Here below are certain interesting facts about the great man:
- Mahatma Gandhi is a man who is known for peace and non-violence, but the great irony is that he was not awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, though he was nominated for it 5 times.
- Henry David Thoreau, American Transcendentalist’s essay ‘Civil Disobedience’ was the inspiration behind Gandhiji’s Civil Disobedience Movement.
- The title Mahatma was given to him by Rabindranath Tagore in 1914.
- Great Britain released a stamp honouring Gandhiji in the year 1969.
- Mahatma Gandhi’s English was with an Irish accent, as he was taught by an Irishman.
- October 2nd, Gandhi’s birthday is observed as The International Day of Non-Violence.
- He corresponded with people like Leo Tolstoy, Albert Einstein, Hitler and many more.
- Almost 53 major roads in India and 48 roads in other parts of the world is named after this great freedom fighter.
This day is not just another holiday, but a day to remember this great soul, Mahatma Gandhi, who’s non-violence along with the other great freedom fighters without whom, the independence we are enjoying today would have just been a dream. As Gandhi said, let us “Live as if you were to die tomorrow and learn as if you were to live forever.” “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”, he said. Let us all join hands to not only enjoy the freedom and the rights we have but also to perform the duties that we are supposed to.