India celebrates its peaceful “Baapu” on October 2nd of each year. This year, Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti 2020 marks his 151st birth anniversary. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who is more popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi was born in Porbandar, Gujarat on October 2, 1869.
His birth day is still celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm in schools and colleges as well as government organisations and institutions across the country. Gandhi Jayanti celebrations usually include various commemorative ceremonies and cultural events to celebrate India’s beloved “Father of the Nation.”
The day is also among the country’s officially declared national holidays. From the last few years, the day has also been marked by the Swachchta Abhiyan and massive cleanliness drives across the nation.
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10-year-old Baapu Inspires People ahead of Gandhi Jayanti 2020
However, with several social distancing norms still in place, many of us have been wondering how the nation will celebrate Mahatma Gandhi Jayanti 2020 amidst the pandemic. However, a ten year old showed the way with his interesting tale.
ANI reported how a young ten year old boy in Gujarat went for his COVID-19 test dressed up as Mahatma Gandhi ahead of Gandhi Jayanti. The Rajkot lad said that he wanted to spread awareness about the importance of getting tested and how there is nothing to fear about getting a COVID test.
He added, “My swab samples have been taken for coronavirus test. People should not be apprehensive about it. Our country will be healthy only if we cooperate.”
Journey of Life of Mahatma Gandhi
Taking inspiration from our little friend, we at TechThirsty bring you a look back at the inspirational life journey of Mahatma Gandhi on his 151st birth Anniversary.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born to a Diwan, Karamchand Gandhi and a religious lady named Putlibai. Gandhi was married to a merchant’s daughter, Kasturba at a young age of 13 years. In a few years, Gandhi moved to London to study law and prepare for a career as a barrister.
It is said that his education at London’s Inner Temple institution majorly influenced his thinking and gave him in a new direction. He also went on to contribute to the South African struggle against Apartheid for seven years before finally returning to India and joining India’s own Independence Movement.
Remarkably, Mahatma Gandhi is not only remembered for his contributions to the Indian Freedom Struggle but also for his particularly non-violent approach and protests. Most notable milestones of Gandhi’s contributions to Indian Independence Movement include Satyagraha, Dandi March, Civil Disobedience, Non Cooperation and Quit India Movement.
He was thereby conferred with the title of Mahatma and later came to be called the Father of the Nation. Notably, a trivia that not many people know about the title is that it was Subhash Chandra Bose who first conferred the title, “Father of the Nation” on Mahatma Gandhi during an interview with Singapore Radio.
However, the non-violent Mahatma unfortunately died to a bullet wound on January 30, 1948. Mahatma Gandhi was shot by a man named Nathuram Godse sending chills to the residents of the newly independent nation.
However, his values and share life lessons continue to live on and his principles of truth and non-violence continue to hold equal relevance even today. Notably, many world leaders who had been inspired by the journey of life of Mahatma Gandhi include the likes of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, Barack Obama, Albert Einstein and Aung San SuuKyi.
“Christ gave us the goals and Mahatma Gandhi the tactics” – Martin Luther King Jr