Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, a priest of truth and non-violence, has played an important role in the freedom of the country. Before independence, British also considered him Mahatma. Whereas, after independence, Gandhigiri is being taught all over the world. Many prominent personalities, including former South African President Nelson Mandela, tried to follow in his footsteps. Bapu, Mahatma, Father of the Nation is called by many names in the country.
Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2 October, 1869 AD in the city of Porbandar in Gujarat. His father’s name was Karamchand Gandhi, who was then the Diwan of Rajkot. While his mother’s name was Putlibai. It is a big coincidence that Gandhiji was born on Friday and the country got independence on Friday itself. Gandhi Jayanti is celebrated worldwide on 2 October every year. Also, International Anhisa Day is also celebrated on this day.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday urged the country to “rededicate” itself to the welfare and progress of the nation and follow the path of truth and non-violence. He also urged citizens to contribute to realising Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of building a “clean, capable, strong and prosperous India”.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday paid tributes to former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on his birth anniversary, saying he steered the nation through critical times with his exemplary leadership. Shastri, the second prime minister of India, was born in 1904 in Uttar Pradesh. “Shri Shastri was an epitome of simplicity, humility and wisdom. He steered the nation through critical times with his exemplary leadership,” the Vice President Secretariat tweeted quoting Naidu.
“Gandhi was born on this day in 1869 at Porbandar in Gujarat. Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary, Naidu said, “Bapu, through his life and teachings showed us the path of truth, love and selfless service to mankind.” Gandhi’s idea of ‘Antyodaya’ guides us to work for the uplift of the last person, Vice President Secretariat tweeted quoting Naidu.
Rahul Gandhi quotes Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary
Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi by quoting him. “I will not fear anyone in the world … I will not bow down to anyone’s injustice, I shall win the lie with the truth and I shall bear all the sufferings while opposing the lie,” Gandhi tweeted.