Gandhi Jayanti 2021: Let’s remember ‘father of the nation’

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Each year on October 2nd, Mahatma Gandhi’s achievements to India’s liberation movement are commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti. Look at the history, importance ,and quotations by the Founding father that you can share to motivate others.

What was Mahatma Gandhi’s history?

Mahatma Gandhi, the nation’s greatest leader of the freedom struggle, was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat. He constantly voiced his sentiments about nationalism as a youngster, uniting India with his ideas and ideals to fight for independence.

He was a successful leader of India’s nonviolent resistance against colonial British rule. He studied law in South Africa and spearheaded countrywide movements for farmers and labourers, as well as fighting discriminatory practices and advocating for the expansion of women’s issues.

It is observed as a public holiday in India to commemorate the great leader without whom India might not have achieved freedom. Every year, the United Nations commemorates Gandhi Jayanti as the ‘International Day of Non-Violence.’

What is the significance of Gandhi Jayanti?

Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated to appreciate and pay respects to India’s Father of the Nation, and people commemorate his important contributions to the country’s liberation struggle and independence movement on this day. People honour his lessons via a variety of activities aimed at safeguarding our environment, the town, and, ultimately, the nation.

Some rare facts about Mahatma Gandhi

  •  Reserve Bank of India issued The Gandhi series banknotes by displaying a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi since its introduction in 1996. The series issued in 1996 is of 10 and 500 rupee banknotes.
  •  It is said that Mahatma Gandhi’s funeral procession was 8 kilometers long.
  • He was named Man of the Year by Time Magazine in 1930. Mahatma Gandhi was a prolific writer, with over 50,000 pages in his Collected Works.
  • Steve Jobs admired Mahatma Gandhi, and his round spectacles are not just identical but also homage to him.
  • There are 53 main roads in India (excluding minor roads) and 48 roads outside India named after Mahatma Gandhi.
  • After 21 years since his death, the United Kingdom issued a stamp in his honour.
  • In the grounds of the old Birla House, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was murdered.
  • Gandhi’s father was Hindu by religion and Modh Baniya by caste
  • Gandhi’s funeral ceremony was 8 kilometers long.

Quotations

In honour of Gandhi Jayanti, here are some of his inspiring and motivating quotations to brighten your day, since they are still applicable today.

  • “I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
  • “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
  • “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
  • “Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.”
  • “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”
  • “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever”
  • “A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.”

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