Article of the Day- Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram- Happy Gandhi Jayanti

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Gandhi Jayanti is a national festival celebrated in India to mark the birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi born on 2nd October 1869. It is celebrated anually on 2 October, and it is one of the three national holidays of India. The UN General Assembly announced on 15 June 2007 that it adopted a resolution which declared that 2 October will be celebrated as the International Day of Non-Violence.

Gandhiji was born on 2nd October 1869, in Porbunder, a small town in Gujarat. He studied law in U.K and practiced law in South Africa. In his autobiography “My experiments with Truth” Gandhiji described his childhood and teen age years, his marriage with Kasturba at the age of 13 and a sheer dedication for his mother land. He has set an example of simple living and high thinking. He was against the addictions like smoking, drinking and non-vegetarianism.

Gandhiji was a pioneer of truth and non-violence. He started the ‘Satyagraha’ (non-violence) movement for the Indian freedom struggle. He played a very significant role in achieving independence for India from British rule. He proved to the world that freedom can be achieved through the path of total non-violence.

All the organizations throughout the country remain closed on this day. Special event is organized at Raj Ghat, New Delhi where Gandhiji was cremated. People do prayers, pay homage and sing Gandhiji’s favorite song “Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, Patit Pavan Sita Ram…”.

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On Gandhi Jayanti, here are some of his most famous quotes:

  • Be the change that you want to see in the world.
  •  Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
  • The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.
  • Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
  • If you want real peace in the World, start with Children.
  • The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
  • In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
  • Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.
  • The future depends on what you do today.