India and the world proudly celebrates Gandhi Jayanti. On the occasion of the 152nd anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘Great Soul’, we celebrate one of the greatest leaders of the freedom movement.
Whilst he is affectionately known as the ‘father of the nation’, he is also recognised as India’s favourite son.
As a mark of respect, he was also called Bapu ‘father’ or ‘Gandhi Ji’ by his colleagues and followers.
To celebrate his remarkable life and contributions, India has honoured Gandhi in the greatest of ways befitting his life of service for the people of India.
Gandhi Jayanti is one of India’s three official national holidays, along with Independence Day and Republic Day.
The day is celebrated across India to commemorate and celebrate Gandhi’s ideals of peace and non-violence as well as his contribution towards India’s struggle for freedom.
It’s not only India that celebrates and recognises the much-loved spiritual and political leader but all around the world including London, England where he studied law and in Johannesburg, South Africa where he lived and practised law.
Countries around the world, where Indian diaspora communities are large including Australia, also acknowledge his greatness as a reminder of the highest ideals one should try to maintain in life.
In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence to honour Mahatma Gandhi’s path of ahimsa (non-violence) during India’s struggle for freedom.
Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, politician, social activist and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India.
When Gandhi arrived in London from Gujarat as an 18-year-old, he was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple on June 10, 1891.
During the time of his study, he stayed at No. 20 Baron’s Court Road in the Metropolitan Borough of Hammersmith, where it s recorded that he paid 30 shillings a week for room and board.
He lived his life practising ‘satya’ (truth), ‘ahimsa’ (non-violence) and ‘swaraj’ (self-rule).
He was a pioneer of Satyagraha.
Satyagraha, meaning ‘truth-force’ in Sanskrit, was a term coined by Mahatma Gandhi to express his philosophy that non-violence is a power that can transform adversaries into friends and resolve issues of injustice and oppression.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat, India and died on January 30, 1948, Delhi, India.
On the occasion of what is 152 years since his birth, millions around the world commemorate the intelligent, driven and spiritual man who represented the poor and inspired millions.
His legacy remains strong as he stands tall alongside the greatest leaders in history.
The movie ‘Gandhi’ was directed and produced by Richard Attenborough with screen play by John Briley and starring English actor Sir Ben Kingsley as ‘Gandhi’.
The film received eleven nominations at the 55th Academy Awards, winning eight including the Best Picture and Best Director.
Sir Ben Kingsley was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor ‘Gandhi’ and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
He was applauded worldwide for his outstanding performance as the ‘Mahatma’.
Sir Ben Kingsley who played Gandhi was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji on 31 December 1943) and is an English actor. His mother was English and his father was born in Kenya of Indian Khoja Gujarati descent.
Kingsley’s paternal grandfather was a spice trader who had moved from India to Zanzibar, where Kingsley’s father lived until moving to England at the age of fourteen
It may have just been a coincidence that on his last trip to London, Gandhi stayed at non other than Kingsley Hall a community centre, in Powis Road, Bromley-by-Bow in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, East End of London.
In 1931, Lylie Valentine was a participant in activities at Kingsley Hall. She recounts the excitement surrounding Gandhi’s stay in the East End:
“The same year (1931), Muriel told us that Mahatma Gandhi (at whose ashram she had stayed in India) was coming over for the Round Table Conference. He had refused to stay at a hotel, but would come if he could live with the working class, so he was to stay at Kingsley Hall….when he arrived, I think all the people in East London waited outside to see him….besides doing his work with the Government, he spent a lot of time with us. He visited the Nursery School and all the children called him Uncle Gandhi. At six o’clock each morning, after his prayers, he took his walk along the canal, talking to workmen on the way…. There was something about him that always lives with the people.”
10 Famous quotes from Gandhi:
1. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
2. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
3. “A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else.”
4. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
5. “Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.”
6. “Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?”
7. “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
8. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
9. “Forgiveness is the quality of the brave, not of the cowardly. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
10. “Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.”
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