“Live as if you were to die tomorrow,
Learn as if you going to live forever.”
These were the words spoken by the father of our nation-Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi who was popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi. The man with indomitable will, incredible strength and spirit to sacrifice his life for the nation had inspired innumerable people across the nation.
“Chotta sa Kad tha unka,
Sarpat unki chaal thi,
Duble se patle se thay woh,
chalte Seena taanke.”
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian lawyer, politician who successfully lead the struggle against the Colonial rule. He was born on 2nd October 1869, in Porbandar, Gujarat. His upbringing was infused with Jain pacifist teachings of tolerance, non-violence and truth.
He had received his education from a reputed school in Bombay presidency. Then he went to University College of London at the age of 18. He pursued a degree in philosophical study in religions like Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism to name a few. After completing his graduation he returned back to India in 1893.
Then he went to South Africa and lived there for 21 years. He become a significant part of struggle against apartheid system prevalent in South Africa.
In 1915, he came back to India. He started encouraging the people for strikes, rallies and protests to oppress the British Raj. In 1921, he started civil disobedience movement which led to his arrest. He was granted bail after four years. In 1928, he again started the campaign against the colonial government. In 1930, he led a 250-mile march from Sabarmati to Dandi to oppose heavy taxes levied on salt.
Over the years he led many such movements like Swadeshi boycott movement, Civil disobedience movement, Non-cooperation movement and Quit India Movement to name a few. Finally, on 15th August 1947 India got independence. The 200- year freedom struggle came to an end. After six months of the independence, when the country was still coping up with problems like poverty, bloodshed across the nation due to partition, the father of our nation was shot dead by Nathuram Godse. He died in Birla Mansion on 31st January, 1948 giving a major shock to entire nation.
Currently, when India is dealing with problems like corruption, poverty, unemployment, needs a leader like him who can fight against all of these problems and lead the nation towards its progress.