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Gandhi Jayanti 2021: Remembering the Father of the Nation

Oct 02, 2021 09:03 IST | By Editorji News Desk

Gandhi Jayanti 2021: Known to have inspired great minds like Martin Luther King, Jr. in the United States, Gandhi and his ideology have helped carve the freedom journey of numerous oppressed people the world over.

Often revered as Bapu, Mahatma and Father of the Nation, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is one of history's most prominent and inspirational leaders who helped pave India's path to independence. 

Observed as Gandhi Jayanti, 02nd October marks the birth anniversary of Gandhi. He was born on October 2, 1869, in the small town of Porbandar in present-day Gujarat. He was shot to death by Nathuram Godse on 30th January 1948. All through his years, he lived a life committed to fasting, meditation, an ascetic lifestyle and non-violence. 

Gandhi with his chakra encouraged the use of the Khadi fabric as an effort to promote self-sustenance and self-reliance. He even launched the Salt March or Dandi March in 1930 as a mark of the civil disobedience campaign against the salt tax which prohibited Indians from collecting and selling salt. In 1942, he led the Quit India Movement which was the final call for an end to British Raj. 

As an act of universal respect and honour, on June 15, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly announced 2nd October as the International Day of Non-Violence. 

Also Watch: How Khadi went from being the 'Fabric of Freedom' to 'Haute Couture'

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