Martyrs’ Day 2024: Remembering Mahatma Gandhi on His 76th Death Anniversary and Advocacy for Non-Violence

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi

Martyrs’ Day 2024 is a solemn occasion to reflect on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, often referred to as the father of the nation. On January 30, 1948, Nathuram Vinayak Godse assassinated him, merely five months and 15 days after India gained independence from British Rule.

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On the 76th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, let’s delve into some facts about this iconic figure, affectionately known as Bapu. Born on October 2, 1869, in Porbandar, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi married Kasturba at the age of 13 and later studied law at the Inner Temple in London. His journey took him to South Africa in 1893, where he utilized non-violent resistance in civil rights campaigns.

Returning to India in 1915, Gandhi began organizing farmers and urban laborers, advocating for their rights through movements such as Satyagraha and Ahimsa against British colonial rule. His commitment to non-violence left a lasting impact on civil rights movements, and he also championed causes such as untouchability, poverty, and women’s rights.

Tragically, on January 30, 1948, while on his way to an evening prayer meeting at Birla Bhavan in Delhi, Nathuram Godse, a Hindu nationalist, fired three fatal shots into Gandhi’s chest, resulting in his instant death.

The significance of Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated globally for his advocacy of peace and non-violence. His birth anniversary on October 2 is observed as the International Day of Non-Violence, designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007 to honor Gandhi’s principles. On this day, awareness is raised about the importance of non-violence in fostering peace, harmony, and unity worldwide.

As we commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary in 2024, let’s reflect on some of his inspirational quotes:

  1. “The greatness of humanity is not in being human but in being humane.”
  2. “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”
  3. “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
  4. “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.”
  5. “Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served.”
  6. “A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.”
  7. “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
  8. “Man is supposed to be the maker of his destiny. It is only partly true. He can make his destiny, only in so far as he is allowed by the Great Power.”

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