Bishwanath Singh :
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on the 2nd October 1869 in Porbandar, a coastal town which was then part of the Bombay Presidency, British India. His father, Karamchand Gandhi who belonged to the Hindu Modh community, served as the diwan (Prime Minister) of Porbander state, a small princely state in the Kathiawar ...Agency of British India His grandfather was Uttamchand Gandhi, fondly called Utta Gandhi. His mother, Putlibai, who came from the Hindu Pranami Vaishnava community, was Karamchand's fourth wife, the first three wives having apparently died in childbirth. Growing up with a devout mother and the Jain traditions of the region, the young Mohandas absorbed early the influences that would play an important role in his adult life; these included compassion for sentient beings, vegetarianism, fasting for self-purification, and mutual tolerance between individuals of different creeds While the Indian National Congress and Gandhi called for the British to quit India, the Muslim League passed a resolution for them to divide and quit, in 1943. The Mahatma is believed to have been opposed to the partition during independence and suggested an agreement which required the Congress and Muslim League to cooperate and attain independence under a provisional government, thereafter, the question of partition could be resolved by a plebiscite in the districts with a Muslim majority. When Jinnah called for Direct Action, on 16 August 1946, Gandhi was infuriated and visited the most riot prone areas to stop the massacres, personally. He made strong efforts to unite the Indian Hindus, Muslims and Christians and struggled for the emancipation of the "untouchables" in Hindu societyOn the 14th and 15th of August, 1947 the Indian Independence Act was invoked and the following carnage witnessed a displacement of up to 12.5 million people in the former British Indian Empire with an estimates of loss of life over several hundred thousand of people. On 30 January 1948, Gandhi was shot while he was walking to a platform from which he was to address a prayer meeting. The assassin, Nathuram Godse, was a Hindu nationalist with links to the extremist Hindu Mahasabha, who held Gandhi responsible for weakening India by insisting upon a payment to Pakistan. Godse and his co-conspirator Narayan Apte were later tried and convicted; they were executed on 15 November 1949. Gandhi's memorial at Rāj Ghāt, New Delhi, bears the epigraph "Hē Ram( "Oh God".) These are widely believed to be Gandhi's last words after he was shot. Gandhi's birthday is the 2nd October, is a national holiday in India, Gandhi Jayanti. On the 15 of June 2007, it was announced that the "United Nations General Assembly" has "unanimously adopted" a resolution declaring the 2nd October as "the International Day of Non-Violence.Gandhi Ji firmly believed in simplicity, truth and non-violence and practiced them all over his life. Let us pay our respectful homage to him on his Birth Anniversary that falls on the 2nd of October!
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Bishwanath Singh :Let us pay our humble obeisance's to this great man -Mahatma Gandhi on the eve of his auspicious Birth Anniversary who lived & died for welfare of our motherland and is still adored by over billions of people spread round the globe!
Sujata Burgess :I'm celebtating Gandhi Jayanti tomorrow at the Cultural gardens.