Father of the Nation, the man who changed the world with his ideas and principles, is a true inspiration for every human in this world. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, our very own Baapu, is one of the very few personalities that the world will always acknowledge.
As we all know, 2nd October is here and the day is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti across India. On this auspicious occasion, it’s really important for all of us to not only remember his values that he taught us but also make them a part of our lifestyle. No matter how long ago he preached non-violence and truth, it still holds great significance in the way one leads life.
Gandhi Jayanti is observed as a national holiday and is commemorated by children and adults, with equal enthusiasm. However, we must remember that apart from being a national holiday, it’s a reminder to all of us. A reminder as to how being kind and honest always bear sweet fruits. A reminder that words can solve what arms cannot. A reminder that truth triumphs all that is bad.
Right from the independence struggle through Satyagrah movement to his fight against racism and from the promotion of Khaadi to Daandi Maarch, there is hardly any aspect of Baapu that doesn’t touch our lives. Even his childhood incident mentioned in “The Story of my Experiments with Truth” has a valuable lesson for every reader.
In order to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, our honorary Prime Minister Narendra Modi has even introduced a drive with the Clean India Campaign aka Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. Apart from this, a Rally for Rivers is also going to be concluded on the occasion to propagate the importance of water and depleting rivers of India. Talking about smaller levels, the Pratapgarh Central Jail in Udaipur is even going to provide education to the inmates under a literacy empowerment program.
Such is the impact of his teachings that not only India celebrates his birth anniversary as Gandhi Jayanti, but the whole world observes the day as the “International Day of non-violence”.
There have been many great personalities who have expressed their admiration for Gandhiji. Whether it’s the famous scientist Albert Einstein or USA’s former President Barack Obama, everyone is a fan of Gandhi.
In the words of Nelson Mandela:
“Gandhi’s ideas have played a pivotal role in South Africa’s transformation and with the help of Gandhi’s teaching, apartheid has been overcome.”
Gandhi Jayanti is not merely a national holiday; rather it’s the perfect opportunity for people to take good initiatives. Gandhi’s lessons are so well-carved in our minds that we consider him the epitome of principles. It’s the day which reminds us of the dream he saw for India and that we are blessed with the power of making change happen.
Let’s not forget his words:
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world”