Today, October 2, 2021, marks the 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi) – ‘Father of the Nation’. An Indian lawyer in South Africa, whose life took on a completely unprecedented path post an experience that left him feeling discriminated against and humiliated, Gandhi went on to make history as the most significant leader in India’s Independence Movement, with demonstrations through non-violent means.
To date, his beliefs are frequently invoked by various world leaders, one of the more popular being ex-US President, Obama, who was inspired by and drew attention worldwide to the Gandhian philosophy – ‘Be the change you want to see’. In fact, October 2 is observed as the Day of Non-violence in Gandhi’s honour.
The Mahatma shares his birthday with another legendary personality – former Indian PM – Lal Bahadur Shastri (born 1904), who plunged into the freedom struggle even as a teen. A progressive leader, he went on to redefine the very essence of character, discipline and integrity in public life, placing the nation’s interests above all else. He will be eternally remembered for his legendary slogan, ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ which inspired soldiers and farmers to protect India’s borders from the Pakistani attack of 1964, and from hunger strike.
Let us not forget to pay homage today to these incomparable leaders who helped shape the future and destiny of India. And moreso, let not forget to play our role in perpetuating their immaculate legacies, by ensuring to share their inspiring tales of hard endeavour and glory with the next generation.
Have a good weekend!