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Gandhi Jayanti 2020: History And Significance of The Day

Mahatma Gandhi is known as the father of the nation. He played a significant role in the fight against the British rule and helped India gain its independence.

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Gandhi Jayanti marks the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who is popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi. The day is celebrated on October 2 every year and is officially declared a national holiday. This year, we will celebrate the 151st birth anniversary of Bapu. Also Read - Gandhi Jayanti 2020: 15 Quotes From Mahatma Gandhi About Kindness And Compassion Being The Top Life Mantras

History of Gandhi Jayanti

Mahatma Gandhi is known as the father of the nation. He played a significant role in the fight against Britishers and helped India gain its independence. He contributed to the freedom struggle of India through his non-violent ways and helped the nation get rid of age-old practices like untouchability too. His philosophy and Nobel work made him gain the title of ‘Mahatma’ which literally means ‘Great Soul’. His ideologies and philosophy made him popular around the world. On June 15, 2007, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to declare October 2 as the International Day of Non-Violence. Also Read - Dubai's Burj Khalifa Lights up With Images of Mahatma Gandhi on Gandhi Jayanti

Significance of Gandhi Jayanti

Gandhi’s passive resistance against the British power and tremendous talent of inspiring and influencing popular figures made him a worldwide figure. He introduced India to the non-cooperation movement, Salt March, Swaraj, and many more non-violent ways to protest against the British rule. He also promoted the idea to get economic freedom through the concept of ‘Swadeshi’. Mahatma Gandhi took part in various historic events and became one of the most influential figures around the world

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Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated on October 2 every year to mark the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. India observes this day across states and territories, and it is one of the officially declared national holidays. Also Read - Gandhi Jayanti 2020: 10-Year-Old Gujarat Boy Goes For COVID-19 Test Dressed up as Mahatma Gandhi | See Pics

Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi was a freedom fighter. His sacrifices, efforts, non-violence policy, and struggles have given shaped India in a new way. Because of him, India has a huge legacy of contributing to world peace. He dedicated his life to peace and harmony. India and the world have kept his philosophy alive over the years. Also Read - India Has Highest COVID Recoveries, Least Deaths Per Million: Health Ministry
On his 151st birth anniversary, here’s looking at few quotes by Mahatma Gandhi that spoke about kindness and compassion. Also Read - Cat Que Virus? ICMR Warns About New Virus From China That Could Spread Disease in India, Here's What It Is

1. “My patriotism is not an exclusive thing. It is all embracing and I should reject that patriotism which sought to mount upon the distress or exploitation of other nationalities”
2. “Truth is like a vast tree which yields more and more fruit the more you nurture it”
3. “Truth alone will endure, the rest will swept away before the tide of time”
4. “Democracy necessarily means a conflict of will and ideas, involving sometimes a war of the knife between different ideas”
5. “Unity among the different races and the different communities belonging to different religions of India is indispensable to the birth of national life”
6. “Ahimsa is the highest duty. Even if we cannot practice it in full, we must try to understand its spirit and refrain as far as possible from violence”
7. “Here is a mantra, a short one that I give you. You may imprint it on your hearts and let every breath of yours give expression to it. The mantra is: ‘Do or Die’. We shall either free India or die in the attempt; we shall not live to see the perpetuation of our slavery”
8. “In Satyagraha, there is no place for fraud or falsehood, or any kind of untruth. Fraud and untruth today are stalking the world. I cannot be a helpless witness to such a situation.”
9. “A non-violent soldier of freedom will covet nothing for himself, he fights only for the freedom of his country.”
10. “Death is at any time blessed, but it is twice blessed for a warrior who dies for his cause, that is, truth. Death is no fiend, he is the truest of friends. He delivers us from agony”
11. “Heroes are made in the hour of defeat. Success is, therefore, well described as a series of glorious defeats”
12. “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
13. “Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?”
14. “Those who know how to think need no teachers.”
15. “Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.”
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