India remembers Mahatma Gandhi (also known as Bapu) the epitome of tolerance and non-violence, on his 146th birth anniversary. The Indian President Pranab Mukherjee asked the fellow Indians to follow the path of non-violence, peace and tolerance, as preached by Mahatma Gandhi.
On the eve of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary, Mr Mukherjee said, “the ideals that the Father of the Nation espoused are a part of India's collective living heritage and will lead the country through the challenges of the present and enable in building a strong and resurgent nation”. The president also said, “Gandhi Jayanti is a day when we should rededicate ourselves to Bapu's ideals of non-violence, peace and tolerance”. Terming Mahatma Gandhi as an "extraordinary revolutionary with rare farsightedness," the President recalled the famous words of former Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru on Gandhi ji's demise "the light is gone and yet it will shine for a thousand years”. India is also celebrating the first anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), the Clean India campaign launched by the Prime Minister Modi, the previous year to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's 145 birthday.
Globally, Mahatma Gandhi is considered as a symbol of peace, non-violence and freedom for teaching the philosophy of Ahimsa for the well-being of all people in the society. Mahatma Gandhiji was also a compromiser par excellence throughout his life; he was always emphatic about other party’s point of view and come up with solutions that was acceptable to all parties. While Gandhiji spoke of tolerance, he was also actively working to undermine the British Empire in India, through his non-violent ways of practicing the Satyagraha, etc.
So on this solemn day of ‘Gandhi Jayanti’ let us all remember and put in practice his teachings to become a tolerant and happy society. This will help in creating a better India and a better world.
One of the quotes from the social media, celebrating the occasion says – “You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy my body, but you can never imprison my mind. Happy Gandhi Jayanti!